In April of this year I had a bad case of Covid 19. It wasn’t bad enough to put me in hospital though it got close; I had a nurse come to my apartment for 5 evenings to administer an intravenous drip and my temperature spiked at 42 Celsius, making me hallucinate. I am currently living in Baku, Azerbaijan and discovered my ‘world class medical insurance’ did not cover Covid treatment. There went a month’s salary…
I decided it was time to quit this itinerant life and head back to the UK. I’ve had a great time of the past 15 years living and working in Florida, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, China, Kazakhstan, Gran Canaria, Casablanca and Azerbaijan, plus the opportunities to travel in those areas. I now find I am heading home without a place to live or a job to go to; a scary time indeed. I dug out some of my PLR to help guide me and others over the next few months as I transition back to the UK.
Everyone has times in their life when things look grim. They might even seem to be hopeless. The world can feel like a scary place, and you feel alone in the middle of it. History has shown that even in the worst of times, people have chosen to be hopeful. If you’re finding it hard to believe that better times will come, here are five things you can hang on to.
- Your Health
No matter what type of life crisis you’re going through, if you have your health, you’re wealthy. You might take it for granted, but being strong and healthy is probably your biggest asset.
Look after your body, eat well, stay fit, and be game-ready for the next opportunity.
- The Sun will Rise Tomorrow
Even the worst day comes to an end, and you get a chance to do better tomorrow. Brooding over past failures is as pointless as worrying about the future. You can only deal with what is right in front of you.
Take your motto from Scarlett O’Hara and remember that tomorrow is another day.
- You Are Full of Potential
Do you believe you can live your best life? Do you think you can be successful, famous, and happy? Or does it feel to you that success is only for the lucky few?
All humans are born full of potential. The only thing stopping you from meeting your potential is you. Change your mindset from self-doubt to self-confidence, and you can do whatever you set your mind to.
- Learn to Look on the Bright Side
It’s highly unlikely that everything in your life will go wrong at once. Sometimes they do and that tests you through and through. As an example, I got divorced December 2014, then was forced to sell my house June 2015, then my mother died January 2016; three of the biggest life stresses in just over a year! Yet I am still here, planning the next steps and feeling positive about the future. So learn to hang onto the good things in your life and be grateful. No matter what situation you find yourself in, it could pretty much always be worse.
If you look for abundance, you will find it. Practice looking for things to be thankful for, starting with being alive right now. And remember, hard times come and hard times go. Better times are just around the corner.
- Challenges Make You Stronger
If you’re down in the trough of a life crisis, remember that when you come out of the other end, you’ll be stronger and smarter than before. You will have learned things about yourself and what you’re capable of that would never have occurred to you before. And in spite of feeling crushed, you have triumphed, you made it!