I was unemployed twice in my career for about 8 months in total. The first time, I had only BDT 43K (USD 500) in my bank. The second time, after 6 years of a decent career, I had around BDT 550K (USD 6500) in savings, plus credit card debts. Worst of all? I was planning to propose and get engaged to the love of my life 3 months later.
If you're like me, you must be the most scared of being unemployed, depleting your ability to earn for the family, and losing your image or social identity as an established person by your society.
I know so many among us are going through a difficult time during the past year due to covid-19. You either have lost a job or are struggling to find one. The stress is unbearable, and this situation is not entirely within your control. As a result, you're frustrated. You're developing anxiety and perhaps depression. With these overwhelming experiences, you're walking further backward in life instead of progressing with the time at hand that you can use differently.
You don't deserve any of this. Not one does.
But here's how I REDEFINED what unemployment meant to me. It was a humbling experience. But it also built my character for the subsequent phases in life.
I accepted that it's not a fixed state.
I took a lot of rest. Mental and physical.
I reflected deeply on life. Physical and spiritual.
I revived lost connections.
I read a lot.
I made my game plan.
I learned new skills.
I kept in touch with my mentors.
I tried doing all that I often kept aside for ‘some day’.
The result—the unstoppable me.
Adversity in life will always prevail whether you're successful or not. So, the best way to tackle and overcome is to THRIVE through your most difficult times in life.
Remember, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt; we can only choose how we play the hand.”