COVID, societal trauma, COVID, lack of boundaries, team’s meetings etc… This year has been a LOT.
There is a difference between rebooting and restarting your computer’s operating system. Restarting my laptop basically means telling my system to restart all applications – sort of like going to sleep. Restarting, can be very helpful and even add a little value to your mind, body and soul applications. You’re welcome to try restarting… you can get into bed, meditate, put off the lights, switch off our phones and try to sleep. However, If your year was anything like mine, perhaps you need a major reboot.
I think we can all relate to juggling work, friendships, exercise, family chaos, but this year has had an added issue of struggling to stay sane. My normal day was waking up, working, eating, working, babysitting, working and sleeping – only to repeat this again the next day. Weekends became a blur; Sundays were an anxiety attack because I kept thinking of the work that I needed to do. I think it would be different if I enjoyed what I was doing but I had grown resentful towards it. I stayed in this slump for a while (few months) and got inspired by this idea of reboot vs restart.
As I was looking for the actual meaning of reboot, I got one from a site and it said “making a change in (something) in order to establish a new beginning: she’s rebooting her career.” As if the signs from the higher powers weren’t enough – this pushed me to starting the Python course I had been meaning to start to change my career.
Reboots close other applications without even saving the work that is done and this sounds dangerous but at this point – they better have been on autosave because that just where I am emotionally and mentally, I can risk losing all thats not saved. I’m diving into a new career (still in tech though obviously), working out better, cooking more, journaling and even blogging/podcasting again. I’m not saying I have them all handled but we can all use a reboot (“Shock the system” as some say).
My advice is using the rest of the year to reboot what is needed. It’s been a hard couple of years and its important to love yourself enough to consider rebooting. Take a break and consider your mind, body and soul applications may need a radical shut down and starting again.