This is a life changing experience – make the most of it

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In the movie Cast Away Tom Hanks plays the role of someone who is stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. He spends four years on the deserted island and during that period he learns that time is not really that important. Neither are things. It is a true life changing experience for him. I believe that the unique time of social distancing in which we now live is also a life changing experience. We sould make the most of it! How? Keep reading.

Castaway

A castaway is a person who is stranded on a deserted island, usually after a shipwreck. In this time of social distancing, there are undoubtedly many people who feel just like Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away.

In the movie Cast Away Tom Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee that is stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific.

Before the accident, Chuck Noland was a systems analyst obsessed with time, traveling the world resolving productivity problems at FedEx. Meanwhile, his dedication to work and busy schedule cause many relationship problems with his future wife.

Wilson

After the plane crash, Chuck spends four years on the deserted island. During that period he learns that time is not really that important. Neither are things. What is important, is real contact with people. Making meaningful connections. He misses that so much that, when he finds a volleyball that is washed up on the shore, he draws a face on it and names it Wilson. He has daily conversations with Wilson and when he loses the volleyball a few years later, Chuck is overwhelmed by loneliness.

A short period after Wilson’s loss, Chuck is finally rescued by a passing cargo ship. When he returns to his old world, he learns that everybody assumed he was dead. His girlfriend married somebody else and even has a daughter with her new husband.

Life changing experience

The plane crash and his time on the deserted island was a life changing experience for Chuck. The movie doesn’t show exactly how but I expect he now spends more time on relationships and things that really matter. He has probably also lost his obsession for time and productivity.

I believe that the unique time of social distancing in which we now live is also a life changing experience. Or at least it should be. We should make the most of this life changing experience!

These are five things you can change:

Connect with people

Do your best to make meaningful connections with the people around you. With your family, friends and neighbors. These are the people who will always help you in times of need. Remember Chuck’s lesson: it is better to talk to a real person than to have a conversation with a volleyball.

Enjoy nature

One of the benefits of this crisis is that nature is given the opportunity to flourish again. There is less pollution and noise, giving us the chance to really enjoy it. Take a long walk every day and enjoy nature!

Live in the moment

At the beginning of this year I was already working on the things I wanted to do next year. And then everything changed. One thing this crisis really taught me is to live in the moment. Now is the only time that matters. The past is gone and the future is unknown. And it will always be unknown.

Learn new things

Because we spend a lot of time indoors, we have more time to learn new things. Don’t waste this opportunity! Do an online course in Yoga of learn to meditate. Finally learn to play chess or master a foreign language. Do all the things you have always wanted to do but never had time for.

Be creative

This crisis forces us to be creative. Our daily routine is gone and we have to find new ways to keep living and working. I am amazed by all the creativity that I see around me. It inspires me to also be creative and find solutions for all the new problems I have to face now. In what way have you become more creative?

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