We’ve all had experienced unexpected changes in life before. Now (for the past year or so) more than ever, there have been so many sudden cancellations or alterations to plans and life in general that it’s almost too hard to stand. It can be extremely stressful to have to completely shift your calendar or believe that all of this or that preparation has gone to waste. For students, it might be a test like the SAT being moved or cancelled. In the workforce, it may be precious hours needed to sustain a normal life. For families and friends, they could be events or get-togethers to stay in touch and take a load off. Try not to worry too much! In the grand scheme of things, these rescheduling of events aren’t the end of the world.
Tests and College Dates
These are a blessing and a curse to have moved. On the one hand, you have more time to prepare for tests and get paperwork and extracurriculars done for college application due dates. On the other, it’s still more than frustrating to feel ready for something important, only for it to get moved back suddenly. It feels like the rug got pulled from under you. The best way to mitigate this feeling is to look on the bright side, put your nose to the grindstone, and keep on preparing!
Work Hours and Events
Losing work, wages, or connection opportunities can have a huge lasting effect on your life. Hopefully, you will have a support network or some sort of help in regards to any lost money. If that’s not the case, you should always have a savings account ready for emergencies like this. Finding new work and having applications ready to go are other ways to mitigate this as well! If a work event just gets rescheduled, that usually won’t be as big of a deal since it will be the same for the rest of the workers in that job.
Family and Friend Functions
The social aspect of life has been hit the hardest in the last year or so. Unless you live in a multigenerational household, it’s tough to see your extended family that often, let alone your friends. I’ve gotten used to spending time via Zoom or phone calls with my friends and family, but have been slowly getting more comfortable with occasional in-person gatherings. If some get-together gets cancelled, don’t worry too much about it and definitely don’t hold a grudge towards whoever changed the plans. Life happens!