My Great grandfather used to light gas lights in Upper Hutt City, NZ. When they removed gas lighting he said, well that’s that. And, never sought another job. This has always resonated with me as the stubbornest stupidest thing.
Because I was raised on change being inevitable and also good for you.
As a family we moved every 3-4 years for Dad’s work, and this was something I enjoyed – new places, new friends.
A few years back I lived in Wellington NZ. It’s known as the Coolest Capital in the World. But for locals it also the windiest place on earth.
After 15 years, we joined the migration to NZ’s biggest city – Auckland. Whenever you say Auckland to a Wellingtonian, they look at you with pity and wonder. Many Wellingtonians believe they truly have it made. In its more extreme instance, when offered promotions/change of job that means shifting from Wellington, many folks say no. I get it! However for us, Auckland was a better family and business option.
The difference today in 2019 is that the disappearing job can happen to people in their 20’s or 30’s while there is still a lifetime of expenses to cover. So, what’s to do – retrain, get new “in demand” skills, lower expenses, stop spending where you can, migrate! Basically, start by hunkering down while you explore the best ways for you and your family to create new sources of funds and perhaps a new life.
Three trends that have emerged
- Earn income over an internet connection so you can achieve work/life balance /live anywhere
- Downsize living expenses and/or move to a cheaper place to live a more family focused life and lower the demand for high/two incomes
- Acquire new skills. Retrain in a new profession/trade. Plenty of folk have done it.
Overlay this with climate change, and the need for fresh thinking about how you will earn a living, it’s all a lot to process. One thing I do know, Great Grandad is not an example to follow!