They say that times like these are good for one to reflect upon oneself, for some people anyway. One frequent thing I hear during this whole pandemic is that "we are all in the same boat" when that is statistically wrong. Sure, we're all affected in one way or another by this situation, we're in this situation together - but the impact is very different from one person to another.
But I digress.
A video I saw the other day got me thinking about gut feelings. You know, those voices that you keep ignoring.
Those voices that tell you something is either good or bad and instead of listening to them, you rationalize that they are wrong. And yeah, I can't negate that there may be times where you have to ignore them for whatever reason, usually something about bills and food.
That being said though, constantly ignoring them is not going to do you any favors in the long run.
How do I know this you ask? Experience.
And by experience, I am referring to the many-a-times I ignored my gut feelings and the many-a-times I didn't.
For example, when I was younger (in like the 6th grade or something), I had a gut feeling about an answer to a test and I didn't listen to it. And if you thought that the answer I gave was wrong, you are right.
Later down the line, another test came about, and the night before I had this weird feeling that if I were to truly focus on the homework the teacher gave us, it will help me on the test. This time I listened to it and I got an A.
Think these are irrelevant?
Well, later down the road I was at this job I used to love, but not anymore. And one the gut feeling I had (which was also mentioned in the video) was that, in the long run, it won't fit me
The more rational people would have said that it would be crazy to leave a well-established company for a much smaller one.
Luckily, I listened to my gut feeling instead and it turned out to be one of the best places to work.
Even more recently, I experienced the same feeling of "it will be bad in the long run" again, even stronger. This time, it was coupled with the fact that I no longer identified with office work. I understood the fact that I needed something different. And the answer was remote work.
What I am trying to say is that, more often than not, those little voices that keep telling you such things are not wrong.
And I am not talking about stuff such as "you could dine at a fast-food after a work-out". I'm talking about voices that tell you you might be in danger or that something will be extremely damaging to you if not taken care of. Of course, these voices are also responsible for telling you about good stuff as well.
You know that hobby/activity of yours that you could do for hours on end without interruption? That one thing you wish you could also do as a living? Yeah, that's also related to your gut feelings, more than you can imagine.
Look, I am not advocating you quit your job and start doing something without proper planning. I'm saying that you should at least be aware of these voices inside your head when they're talking to you. In these times of uncertainty, you can find the perfect moment to do so.
Whatever action you choose to take is up to you. But at least try to listen to them.