Yey, I moved in to my flash new office today. The air is nice and fresh up here, and I even got the latest version of the realPhone, look!
And... I'm all by myself. Now I can get all that work done. Oh, but wait, where is the "work"? Oh, and I just realised I am not alone.
When you can't go outside, go inside. A beautiful quote that has been circulating on social media lately. It's been on my mind every single day.
The reality just hit me hard yesterday. I know what's coming. Well, I believed for a moment I know. And it made me scared. I've been through this. The isolation. The loss of my freedom and my space. The limits. The out of my control thing. The loss of connectedness, from others, from myself.
Then came reinvention. But still, very tough moments to think of, and remember. I remember the effects it had on my life. I'm afraid. What if it will happen again? Will I be able to bear it? Afraid of the unknown...
On the other hand, I know how much it made me grow. I know I came out of it stronger than ever. With new wings to fly. I now have tools that can help me get through these difficult times. I just need to watch, listen, and take care. I got to plan. Make sure I take care of myself.
It almost feels like now I'm ready for this. I am.
End of Part #1.
Being social is not a possibility at a real life event today. I miss that. Already. I love to be social. The connections. The smiles. The energy of the people around me. The space and moments we share.
But happily, technology got us covered. Thanks to online tools, and a social media platform where I found out about this, I was able to join a virtual event together with around 150 people. Ryan, our host, was a great facilitator and organiser. We listened to inspiring and very timely stories, some amazing speakers, and connected with each other in small breakout meeting rooms where we got to chat, almost like at a real life event.
It almost felt like it was real. Because it was real. Just in a different way. This can/will be the new normal now?!
We are moving at a large and fast scale to almost only or mainly online/remote social interactions. Through platforms, phones, devices, mostly not in person. How will this evolve as we connect? What is connecting? Browsing through social media feeds and interacting there, for example - will it satisfy the need? Or will it distract? Pull down? Disconnect? Is there a need? What is the need? What will be the new need?
How will I deal with the needs? I will ask the question from myself. What does connecting really, truly mean for me?
It's time to connect ;)
End of Part #2.
Hi, I'm Bea!