How Covid-19 created a universal midlife crisis

Turning point: By disrupting our lives and placing us in a deeply unfamiliar world while also confronting our own mortality, Covid-19 caused many to begin questioning their identity and their trajectory. –

THE post-pandemic horizon is coming into focus. Even with the rise of new Omicron subvariants nipping at our heels, fear is being replaced with cautious optimism. But we aren’t going back to pre-pandemic normal. In fact, many people during the past two Covid-19 years chose to fundamentally alter their pre-pandemic path. More than 30 million US workers quit their jobs in the second half of 2021, the equivalent of the entire population of Texas.

Virtually everyone at every level of the workforce was forced by the pandemic to reconsider where they work. Nearly a third of US workers younger than 40 reported that they’ve thought about changing their occupation since the start of the pandemic. And it’s affected blue-collar and white-collar industries alike.

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