Loss. It’s something we all experience in our lifetimes. It could be the loss of a parent, sibling, or spouse. Over the past few years, my siblings and I have lost both parents. While we understand the reality of death and accept that they no longer suffer the debilitations which created their death, we still miss them.
We miss them because of the support they offered when we needed it. It could be the humor that they shared among family members, or even sometimes the sharing of memories. Those are gone, and acceptance can sometimes be difficult. Yet, as mentally healthy individuals, we must move forward.
As I look around our industry, I see many who are struggling and searching for an industry that no longer is what they grew up with. I recall seeing a posting in the Print Production Professionals LinkedIn Group of people lamenting the industry changes and why they had to leave. All very valid reasons, but it was the loss of “what used to be” that they lamented. Many of them could not get past the fact that the industry they knew had left them. They could not, would not accept the loss. AND it is a loss. The printing industry we knew in the ’70s, ’80s, 90’s, and even the beginning of the 21st century is not the same. That industry is gone.
When we lose a loved-one, we accept the loss and take from it what was good. The memories, the stories, the guidance. So, for those of us still lamenting “how it used to be,” let’s complete the grieving process and move on to the many opportunities still available to us.