What makes people adaptable

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How quickly time flies. First there was the lockdown, then the easing, and now we are already facing a new reality. In the meantime, most of us have come to terms with the fact that Corona will probably stay in our everyday life longer than initially thought. The rapid easing has caused the number of cases to skyrocket again, and new solutions had to be found to keep the virus in check. The mask requirement is one means of this. The use of the SwissCovid app is another important tool against the virus.

I was surprised how quickly the young people got used to the new reality. Adaptation is absolutely necessary, if not essential for survival. Man had to go through many adaptations in his evolution so that he could exist in today's world. This development is not finished, but permanent. As long as man remains adaptable, he can develop further. As Charles Darwin said:

"It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one that is most ready to change."

With regard to the Corona crisis, I see many parallels. On the one hand, we have to be aware of the changed framework conditions and, on the other hand, learn to deal with them. The young people are in a constant process of change. Your body changes, your worldviews change just as the world around you changes. To be able to deal with change has to be learned. The phase of childhood and its associated socialization in our society brings with it various prerequisites.

In the current crisis, young people are caught in a field of tension between the individual and society. The young people have to develop a clear stance on how to protect themselves, and above all those at risk, from the virus. This requires a certain amount of exploration and adjustment from everyone. I see my task as a professional in social work in supporting the young people in this process. By providing information about the consequences of the virus for people who are in the risk group, I see it as fundamental. Despite my understanding of the way young people live, I also see this age group as having an obligation to react to changes in such a way that the focus is not on their own benefit, but on that of the general public.

In conclusion, I would like to say that the physical and mental development of young people is in a constant process of change, just like the current situation brings with it many renewals. The challenge is not to concentrate on the past or even panic about what the future may bring, but to be mindful of the present moment. I would like to consolidate myself further in order to be able to do good pedagogical work. What has happened cannot be changed any further. The future is uncertain for all of us. We only have the possibility to perceive circumstances as they exist and to make the best of them. The question is not whether there are changes in life, but how we deal with them.