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  • Vee Kativhu

New year, New Opportunities?

Welcome to 2021! a year of hope and light. This is the year to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. If there is anything that 2020 has taught us it is the importance of flexibility and a willingness to adapt. Our current global situation means that many things have been left in the air and life as we know it has changed. This means that, in order to keep going we need to try to remain positive, see new possibilities and we must allow ourselves to be open to change and innovation.

A lot of us have found ourselves having to close our businesses, say goodbye to our work-desks and hello to our bedrooms and the dreaded world of zoom. This transition was abrupt and not easy. I can imagine that it has been difficult to adapt to this new style of working for so many people and as we come up to one year anniversary various lockdowns, I want to send my thoughts of encouragement and support to you all.

I am hoping that there has been some relief offered to small business during this time. That they have been able to find ways to utilise the online space, attract new customers and somewhat recover from the harsh effects of the pandemic. I also hope that there will be more support for all the students who have been learning from home. Many have complained that they have received little to no guidance or empathy from their institutions. Lastly I hope that there has been more care and appreciation given to those who are on our frontline helping to try and restore health to millions of people across the globe and help keep us safe.

In regard to innovation and trying to make out of such a dark situation, I think it's important to remember that change can sometimes lead to new opportunities that we could never imagined. Allowing yourself to adapt to new situation that we are we are in will help you with tapping into new markets and new spaces. Try your best to get creative and use your talents the best way you can. The only thing that the pandemic has both given us and also taken from us is time. It's taken the lives of many incredible people too early, a loss that will take many loved ones years to heal. It has simultaneously given the rest of us some time that we possibly never had. Time to plan what comes next, time to slow down and think. So if you cannot fully operate at this time as a business, try and use this gift of time as a time to strategise, prepare and get ready to relaunch. The world typically moves fast and a lot of us wish we had more time to execute our plans, so this is your time.

We sadly cannot change the situation we are in, we have to trust in our medics, our scientists and those who are qualified to lead us through this health crisis. In the meantime we can try and take advantage by choosing to look at the glass half full and not half empty. Side note: it is also completely okay to use this time to just rest, relax and rejuvenate. A lot of you have probably not taken any time off for a long time and for the sake of your mental health you may want to slow down, adapt and let yourself just be, without any pressure. Whichever one you choose, just remember to put you and what you want the priority and do not be afraid to reach out other people around you for help and guidance.

Good luck! and cheers to the new year and potential new opportunities.

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