Adapt or die: how to survive the bad

Nuclear catastrophe leaves the world in devastation – only cockroaches and human beings survive.  A rampant virus turns people into zombies – the last non-infected survivors join forces to fight the epidemic. Aliens land on earth to terraform the planet and wipe out mankind – humans form a resistance to end the invasion.

Adapt or die. Survival of the fittest.

Ok, so these may be extreme and unlikely scenarios. My point is though, that whatever the circumstance, life continues. The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. We can roll-over and try to hide from the world, or we can adapt … and survive.

It really struck home the other day when I arrived at my now former workplace to start cleaning out my desk and to finish off the final odds and ends before my departure.  I walked into a busy and seemingly happy office. No one was sitting at their desks with a miserable look on their faces, or dragging their unmotivated bodies around the work area. Although people like me have been retrenched, the work must still be done and life must still go on. Sadly, I already felt like an outsider.

Fact:  life doesn’t always pan out the way we want it to

Every-cloud-has-a-silver-liningI have officially become a member of the unemployed club.  I’m not thrilled about it, but I know that no amount of tears or misery will change the situation.  It is, unfortunately, what it is.  I can either choose to wallow in self pity for days on end, or I can choose to adapt and seize any new opportunity that may come my way.  Put like that, the decision is quite obvious isn’t it?

I have cast my net and my CV has been deployed into the realms of the greater career cyberspace. While I spend the foreseeable future exploring new career ventures,  I would be a dork not to enjoy the time off. There’s no better time than the present to savour doing the things that make you happy.  That’s what I plan to do. 

Apparently every storm cloud has a silver lining.  I haven’t found it yet, but I’m looking.


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