Determining my own plans and setting up my own attendance time were always strong reasons that urged me to start my own business. You will never recognize this space, until you truly experience it.
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit our community, I long waited for the “work from home” directive. I did not know why I have badly wanted it, but it seems I was longing to decide when to wake up, when to start my work and above all to enjoy this feeling while working at home. In the past few years, I have missed a long home break, that I could not have due to the overwhelming work load and the constant changes in the business environment.
“Work from Home” was the policy since last week. A week that completely changed my perspective on what work from home really means. I just felt isolated, felt so distant from work, felt outside home, despite being home. I miss my colleagues, the diversity, the challenges and above all, the collective spirit of teamwork.
Truly surprised of the contradictions that emerged. The great passion that I had at the beginning but ended with low interest to maintain the work from home arrangement. It seems that some time, we get what we want, but other times, we do not. As we experience new things, we leave the actual wins that we were not aware of behind.
At the beginning of the year, I had a great interest in the United Nations call of “Decade of Action”. I have even reflected this into my personal life. It’s in these10 years that I can achieve my ambitions - but how many 10 years each of us will have in his/her life - empowered with the determination I see to achieve the SDGs.
As the current crises erupted, the world started to shift from focusing on the SDGs towards overcoming the new Corona virus pandemic. A challenge that might continue for long with the possible loss of many lives around the world. How this would affect our work, as a development organization, how would it affect our ongoing programmes, how would it impact our partners and above all our beneficiaries, the young people. We are between two options, both hard. To stop operations to save their lives or continue serving them to support them, a dilemma that requires serious considerations.
The decision to stop operations and continue in the same time entitles a great contradiction. Yet we need to take this hard walk towards achieving sustainable development to reach our mission equipped with all the tool necessary, with a passion to engage and be creative either at home, or office or in quarantine.