With most of the world in some form of pandemic related restrictions, many of us are reconsidering our values and looking for ways to enjoy life under lockdown. We are re-evaluating our lives and what’s really important to us. We’d become so busy, overworked, rushing from place to place, keeping up with our peers, frantically trying to get things done and didn’t have the time to stop and consider what it’s all really for.
Society had become like a giant, overworked computer trying to run too many programs all at once. We didn’t have the processing power for it and the world was running low on resources. There simply wasn’t enough bandwidth to function well. We were on the brink of disaster with the entire system overloaded then COVID-19 hit us. We were forced to reset. The good news is, there is a silver lining to this giant reset button.
The world is not coming to an end however we don’t take the devastation lightly either. The announcement of a global pandemic has caused much pain and anguish, which we sympathise with. There’s been those who’s health has suffered and there’s been those who have suffered through the economic crisis.
Thankfully the vaccine developments are looking promising with the United Kingdom the first to approve the Ffizer-BioNTech vaccine. We’re optimistic that this means the upheaval is nearly complete and we can get through to the other side and return to travel, particularly in our region.
Even when we do get through this crisis, our lifestyle and financial decision-making will have changed forever. It will affect different people in different ways. You get to define the meaning and learning you choose to take from this crisis. Who you are, your personality, your family, your employment and your age profile will all likely influence your perspective.
Below are four ways we believe the world will change for the better:
We will value experiences over consumerism
Having things has been the goal for many of us. We work hard, to earn more, so we can buy more, thinking our material possessions will make us happy. The truth is, owning stuff won’t make us happy. As long as we have our basic human needs met, owning more has very little to do with your happiness. Our relationships and the experiences we share together is what brings most of us happiness. We’re anticipating many people to pull out their bucket list once this crisis is over and start to plan ticking off some of these experiences.
Travel will be for fun, not for work
Many of us have sat in peak hour traffic, day after day, year after year in order to get to work, at a desk and earn an income. We’ve done it day and night and it’s left us little time to spend on the things we love. COVID-19 has proven to many of us that we can actually be productive while working remotely as a team. We can even avoid the travel for meetings by using simple tools such as Zoom or Skype. Employers have seen the results and employees have benefited by less time driving or commuting by public transport. Working at home, we’ve also become a little restless and what to get out and explore the world around us. Once we’re allowed to travel, we expect to see an influx of people ready to see the world.
People will be more tolerant of others
As a global community, we’ve become self-centered and highly-strung in our modern-day culture. Yes, people can be peculiar and even irritating at times. As this crisis ends, we will grow to be more tolerant and appreciative of the people around us. Even if they are a little different, we’ll put that aside and show appreciation for them as a fellow human on their own journey. We’ll value the relationships we have.
An increased appreciation of family
During COVID-19 we’ve slowed down and taken time to appreciate the world around us and the people in our lives. Those of us who are parents, understand the love we have for our children. During the pandemic we’ve spent more time together as families since we’ve not been distracted by the busyness of life. When we get through the pandemic, we’re optimistic that families will continue to spend quality time together. We believe more families will travel together and enjoy those experiences together.