The New Future

“The new future”, what does that even mean? How can there be a “new” future? By definition the future hasn’t happened yet so isn’t it all new?

I believe after this coronavirus is in our history books life will be very different than the future I had envisioned. Perhaps it will be for you as well?

I created a social media post February 28th asking my readers, “are you a risk-taker or play-it-safe kind of person.” I brought up the question because I was sharing my thoughts on the upcoming shelter in place order.

February 28, 2020 Instagram Post

I could see we needed to get ready by stocking up on a few items and even mentioned, of all things, toilet paper. In retrospect, I am glad I was ahead of the curve and shopped before the panic started.

Lately, I have been thinking about what’s next for our future.

Even when the stay at home order begins to lift, it won’t be all at once. Our government is stating that businesses, schools and public areas will open in stages. 

Life won’t look the way it did before this pandemic, especially when it comes to jobs and getting back to work.

We have learned that many jobs can be done remotely and will most likely continue that way. A lot of businesses will open at half or less capacity than before. Some businesses won’t reopen at all.

For many, this is going to be a very difficult time but if we are prepared it can be a good change. I like the idea of more people working from home and fewer cars on the road.

I’m not the only one thinking about the future.

A friend of mine, Jacqueline Depaul, started sharing her thoughts on how to help people earn money by getting into technology. She said her business has doubled since the pandemic.

Jacqueline is not only a stunning model but also an IT engineer geek with a physics degree. So when she mentioned a way to adjust to this new future, I listened.

She sent me information on coding. My first thought; “Ugh, that sounds so boring!!!” But I know how smart she is so I explored the idea and took a quick, free online “camp”.

I earned my badges in camp!

To my surprise, not only was it not boring but rather interesting to me.

There is so much more to coding than I thought. Even if you don’t want to write HTML or PHP you could get into UX – User Experience – and study user behaviors through research and explore strategies for solutions.

I’m not sure how far I will take this but I’m going to dive further into this tech career idea. I also do not know what the future is going to look like once this virus is behind us, but I do know I want to be ready.

Technology has replaced many jobs and will continue to into the future. At almost 61 years old, I know it is good for my brain to learn a new language so why not learn one that will help pay for more toilet paper?

Back in February, I knew to fill my pantry with items I would need in the immediate future. I figured none of it would go to waste because it was all stuff I’d be consuming anyway.

Now I’m thinking I should gather as much knowledge as this brain can hold to be ready for a new future. Like the food in my pantry, it won’t go to waste either.

Will you be ready for the future?

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Reader Comments

  1. Nancy

    Congratulations! I’m quite interested! I love learning new things. I am retired… but heaven knows… knowledge and education is everything!

  2. S.Preston, AWTsherri

    Really enjoyed this Loretta! Once we were given the warning over a month ago, I moved fast but we were prepared. My husband is high risk so we have all been very careful here. Other than using the HTML block in wordpress, I am not at all familiar with this technology but over the past few weeks have made a mental note to look into it a bit given I think it will prove very helpful in the future. I will check out your friends link…be well and stay safe through this very challenging time..

  3. Del Dot

    Congrats on your coding milestone! I am in tech but am not a programmer, I work in computer networking. I’d love to learn more programming skills too, since it is related to my field of work. Harvard has some of their courses online for free, if you’re interested! I think the math courses including data science and statistics would give good foundations for a variety of careers.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Thank you! There are several online courses available specifically for coding. I have been looking into several to see which one will fit my learning style. It is always fun to learn something new!

  4. Hilda Smith

    I am not a risk taker, so was organised. I am worried about what the future holds, not for me and Graham, but for my children and grandchildren. I have been keeping very busy, but maybe learning something totally new would be a good idea. Well done you.

  5. Rosemary Davis

    Terrific post, Loretta!

    Yes the future is always new and not always what we are expecting.

    All we need to do is to take a look back through history and see how we are always changing, adapting, and moving forward.

    “Be prepared” is a great motto. Thanks for setting a positive example for all!


    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Thank you Rosemary! I so appreciate you and all of the support you have given me with my blog and on social media! I do believe me must learn from the past and be prepared for what lies ahead. Xx

  6. Melanie Silkworth

    Interesting! I started my Recruiting firm focused on placing IT professionals in 2002…one month later the crash happened and my business immediately dried up. Things have definitely changed in the last 20 years and there’s a big future and opportunities in technology. Good for you! My daughter is a UX designer and busier then ever the last few months. Wish you the best with your studies and whatever the future holds for you! Keep learning <3

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Wow, that is so interesting, Melanie! Things have evolved so much and here we are relying on the web and its technology to drive the country. Does your daughter like UX design? That is one area I am considering.

      Thank you!

  7. Lauren

    “Now I’m thinking I should gather as much knowledge as this brain can hold to be ready for a new future. Like the food in my pantry, it won’t go to waste either.” Really love this analogy, Loretta! I started learning HTML through Codecademy a few months ago, then it fell by the wayside as I got busy with other things. I think it’s time to get back to it!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Oh wow, Lauren that is so interesting. I am checking out Codeacademy right now. I went through the boot camp for Skillcrush and really liked the teaching style. I’m finding Codeacademy a bit clunky so far. But…I just started.

      I am looking at several different academies to find the best fit for me. What a task in itself!

      Thank you, Lauren!!

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