How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Created a New Work-Life Balance

Sun Nov 07 2021

There’s Another Way

COVID-19 has affected all of us, essentially pressing the “restart” button on our lives. Plans had to be put on hold for so long, and so unexpectedly, that we were all jolted out of our usual routines and forced to take a look at how our lives are actually going. While the pandemic has had horrible repercussions for many, there is a silver lining in that for some, it has given them the opportunity to start over and re-evaluate their priorities.

We, as a society, are so used to the expectation to go to university and get a 9-5 job, that we seldom question it. Truthfully, other opportunities are rarely presented in a serious manner anyway. However, when so many people lost their jobs or were furloughed during the lockdowns, it begged the question: “Do I even like my life? Is this what I want to be doing every day?” Apparently, the time to self-reflect was much needed for many, as millions of people switched careers in 2020.

While there’s nothing wrong with going to university or getting a 9-5, it simply isn’t for everyone. COVID-19 gave people an opportunity to explore other career possibilities, that aren’t typically presented as options. Even those people who chose to keep their careers seemed to have scaled back on hours and prioritized their home life a bit more than they used to. The time in lockdown, at home with our families, and the spare time for ourselves, has resulted in a shift in priorities that our society has been needing for a long time. The days of working ourselves to death are quickly fading out, as the universe has shaken us awake and made us realize that, while financial security is a necessity, life is simply too short to spend it chasing dollars.