What can we do when we realise our life has gone off track? Digital storyteller Andrew Pitchford is investigating that question in his new podcast, Reset42. Andrew spoke to 20Twenty’s Neil Johnson about the six triggers he’s found that show us it’s time to hit the reset button, and what that reset can look like.
Like most of us, Andrew has had plenty of personal experiences where things didn’t go to plan. “There have been relationship issues in my life that I’ve had to reset. There’s been career moments where I’ve had to say ‘what next’?”
“And probably one of the things that has been more practical has been finance and houses. Losing a house, losing that foundation stone that every Aussie thinks is the ideal success component if you like, and being able to say ‘can we start again’? And you can.”
The name ‘Reset42′ was inspired by Douglas Adams’ satirical science fiction novel, The Hitch Hiker’s guide to the Galaxy. In the book, a race of super-intelligent mice is looking for the meaning of “life, the universe and everything. They build Deep Thought, the most powerful computer ever created, which takes seven and a half million years on its assignment.
When Deep Thought finally reveals the answer to the ultimate question, the mice are disappointed to hear that it’s ’42’. This is a great allegory about how we can sometimes get distracted by earthly things, walk down the wrong path, and find ourselves suddenly at a dead end.
When we realise we need to hit the reset button, it’s often because something hasn’t gone the way we expected, and we’re confused. But Andrew says that resetting isn’t usually about finding meaning in our lives. “I think for some of us, it’s actually revisiting meaning. We had it, and we’ve lost it.”