Sometimes it is good to reflect on the opportunities that we have, by writing this post I am lucky enough to have a laptop, internet, safe, clean, and encouraging environment. Others are not so lucky, from meeting a lot of people from different background it is easy to understand how lucky I am coming from a small village in Hertfordshire where my schools were a 5 minute walking distance, I was able to get a job whilst at school to afford to run a car at 17 and then to pursue university.
Many others are not so lucky, even within the UK there are many unemployed youth, homeless communities, and the disabled who would love to be in positions with less than what I and yourselves have. At some point in your career I would encourage you to remind yourselves of these people and do something within your reaches to help. I have fortunate to have the WCIT platform to help to grow an understanding of where I can help.
What can you do to help?
My last university exam was yesterday… now 3 months off until I start my graduate role in September!
When you’re in the eye of a storm it is hard to see how bad things can lead to good, but there is always a silver lining you can focus on, however small it may be.
For me, growing up with my Mum being ill a lot and now needing full time care has often seemed at times that there was a consistent bad energy surrounding me and my family. But as I look back on it now, if I hadn’t overcome those adversities than I wouldn’t appreciate my family as much as I do. I may not have worked so hard so that I don’t end up in similar position to my parents and Mum health-wise. I feel that I can put things into perspective better than some others my age, because of being able to step back and compare.
Nobody knows the future and optimism is hard, but overcoming hardships is beneficial to how you tackle life situations. Just keep living.
It’s easy to just be another bottle on a shelf, but make sure you live.
Sometimes it is easy to just focus on the ‘here and now’, but it’s good to take a second to look at the bigger picture and understand where you really want to be going.
Where do you want to succeed?
What do you want to achieve in your life?
Sometimes you feel like you need to force yourself to sit there and revise, when actually taking a breather, calming your mind and coming back to something you feel you cannot learn is the most important thing you can do!
At work I learnt that taking that 10 minutes to have a drink with a colleague can be valuable to not only yourself, but them also, it can relieve stress and bring a team closer together.
At university, having a cup of tea was an incentive to take a break. Particularly with my friend who I live with in my final year, to stop us chatting when we should be working, we would say “1 hour of silent working… then we will go make a tea”!
Throughout many situations of my life, I’ve noticed in true British style, that there is nothing that you can’t solve with a cup of tea!