From a student I’m mentoring I heard that “COVID has ruined our working years”. They didn’t mean it quite as it sounded, though talking it through the young person’s words highlighted, for me, some over-dramatised thinking of my own.
Have unfortunate events had an impact? Certainly.
Will I really never reach my goals? Very unlikely.
Is the future bleak and my working life for nought? Certainly not.
How easy to deconstruct another’s argument, compared to challenging the story our own head presents. Talking might not solve your problem. It might merely shine a light on the actual size of it, which is a help in itself.
Kindly, keep going.