I can say for sure we haven’t had a year like this before—none of us. And I hope we never will.
I started the year with high hopes in January 2020, with big plans and resolutions. However, these plans were born in a pandemic-free world, and they should have materialized there. We know the end of the story.
To be honest, I was delighted when I was forced into a home office. I’ve always wanted to try what kind of life it is to work from home. For me, it still has its charm being in my pajamas, making world-saving strategies at the kitchen table. Just changing your top for a crucial online meeting and quickly putting on lipstick lets you stay with your joggings with the sock.
I could write more positives like a more efficient schedule, the possibility of throwing a load into the washing machine at any time, etc. But that’s not the most important thing for me.
I think I’ve never been so calm and balanced in my life. The picture in me became clear about who I am and what I want from my life.
Many have written in many places about the psychological, social, and other effects of the pandemic. I read them, and I think you do so too. They must be right in many ways. I’m not talking about that.
What I got is time.
The time I can spend with myself and examine myself in multiple situations without always rushing somewhere.
And that’s what I did. I finally had time to read and study. Found the way back to myself. And I got wings. It’s incredible how much change you can achieve in a relatively short amount of time if you want to. And of course, if you enjoy what you do.
This is how this project was born.
I’ve celebrated a lot of small little successes in recent months. At first, just timidly, then louder and louder. And my belief was back that I could do anything because I have a superpower. Because we all have.
But as time went on and I walked down the road, different impressions came and went. The image is even more evident now. So it was inevitable for me to redefine myself and my goal.
When I started this project, my focus was on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. However, the deeper I dug, the more I became aware that I wanted more room to express my opinion. I have other things to say that I would like to share with you.
Technology in general. For me, it’s a lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I surround myself with all sorts of gadgets, and my friends are robots.
On the other hand, I believe that sustainability and a more natural lifestyle are easier to achieve if we are familiar with the technology. I know that sounds weird.
As a resounding voice from our politicians’ mouths, sustainable development should mean personal development and not a forced and unsustainable economic effort by exploiting people.
Simultaneously, through personal development, we can reach a conscious and real-world where materialism is not the king of theories. Still, we realize that a better future is only possible through cooperation and interaction.
However, this requires knowledge and rational use of technology. Let’s start with education. I read a very thought-provoking article in The Wall Street Journal the other day. The article said that nowadays, a college or university degree might not be the smartest or the only way to invest in our human capital. On the contrary, it shows ways to achieve better results (happier and more balanced lives) from early childhood to on-the-job training.
According to the article, ‘in the next decade, kindergarten teachers are likely to work more closely with pediatricians to improve nutrition, increase resilience, and reduce toxic stress sources, such as chronic neglect, among young children’.
What a fantastic concept, isn’t it? Why don’t we emphasize teaching our children the basics of healthy personality development with true self-confidence, motivation, creativity, and love for themselves and others. What a firm foundation could this be for starting a life. Think about it.
Then, continuing the line of reasoning, the article writes that a shift is also expected at the elementary level of teaching methods in the next decade. For example, grouping students would be based on learning needs rather than grades, ”says John F. Pane of Rand Corp., a leading scientist in studying education.
Education can also be restructured within the walls of secondary schools. A portion of the curriculum could extend beyond classroom walls to museums, libraries, and local communities as a means of gaining knowledge in a non-traditional way, says Katherine Prince, vice president of strategic foresight at Ohio-based nonprofit KnowledgeWorks. Teachers would use performance-based tasks such as projects and classroom presentations, to measure progress.
Greater use of digital learning portals could assess which skills a student has acquired and which they are willing to adopt, allowing educators to fine-tune learning.
The key is to strike a balance. It is not just digital education and not just its lack.
High schools need to better prepare their students for a labor market that increasingly emphasizes skills and practical experience above grades, and lifelong learning needs to become a larger part of education.
Instead of outdated and expensive 4-5 year long universities, there is a quality alternative; time and money efficient online courses for instance, where you can carry on your studies with a private online tutor with much greater success.
Employers are also developing new forms of in-house training. Students see less need to invest in an MBA program, says Mitchell Stevens, a Stanford University School of Education professor.
Interesting, isn’t it?
So in conclusion, I needed an urgent change of attitude, too. So as you can see, I redesigned my page a bit and broadened my perspective.
I believe that we must influence our future. We can choose what technology we want to use and what we don’t. No one is required to commit their lives to the futuristic vision Amazon offers and keep in-house robots.
On the other hand, we can live in smart houses, using alternative energy sources, consciously, in harmony with our environment. We can use drones for certain things, reducing pollution, noise, and I could list more. Of course, I know it’s not that simple.
But still. Let’s not just dismiss it with a glance. As a woman and a mother, I feel responsible for showing and learning together to shape the future with my children. The sustainable version of it.
I hope you are also looking forward to what next year has in store for us. And the next. And so on.
I seriously think something will end this year. There is a need to strengthen and advance female forces and energies. Cause this system is not working, in fact, dying. Let’s just look at the current financial, social system, and the actual state of sociaties. And how much of a blow it has hit them in the past year.
My dear friends, Mother Earth is calling us.
This is a new beginning.