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Homework Assignment: 10 Fandom Moments of Joy

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m desperate for good news and good times.  The world feels very heavy and the hits just keep coming.  Many of my colleagues are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.  Friends of mine are going through tough issues and situations with family and/or friends.  Seriously, I think the only person I know who is really having a good time and is super happy is my eldest niece who is at college for her first semester.  The rest of us are struggling with too much work, too many negatives, too many stressful situations or a combination of those.

In thinking about all of that, my mind drifts to my mother.  Whenever I call my mom looking to vent or complain or whatever I need to do, she attempts to listen before offering about 13 different suggestions to solve, to fix, to make better whatever is not going well.  She always wants to help.  In many cases, she succeeds.  She’s a wonder woman like that.  In looking at my own life, I think I do the same thing with those who come to me for help or advice.  How can we solve it?  What can be fixed?  How can I help?  I know that I function in this way when it comes to the kids who seek me out at school.  Of course, I’m describing this personality characteristic of mine as a negative.  Maybe it is.  Maybe it isn’t.  Nonetheless, I always feel better when I act, when I do something.  I feel like now is that time.

So, in order to help all of us deal with whatever struggle or crap life is throwing at us, I propose the following homework assignment.  I ask that each one of us think about our Duran Duran fandom, whether it is a year long or almost forty years long.  After thinking about one’s fandom and one’s history in it, each person should pick out ten moments that were pure joy.  Maybe it was a time when you met a band member or two.  Perhaps joy was found at a special moment at a concert.  Sometimes, it can be connecting to a song in a way that reaches deep into your soul.  I know that joy could also be found at times related to the band instead of when they are directly involved.  It could be at a Duran related event like a meet-up or a convention.  Maybe joy was found when traveling to or from a show or just being with other friends.  Whatever brought you joy connected to this fandom is acceptable.  They could be huge moments or small, subtle ones.  That is up to you to decide.

Once you have created your random list of 10 joyful moments, you have some options.  You could put them in order from the least joyful of the joyous moments to the most happiness inducing or not.  Maybe it is more fun to order these moments chronologically, from the longest ago to the most recent.  Perhaps, you don’t want to order this list of yours at all.  That part is up to you.  Once the list is ready, you can do a couple of things with it.  First, you could just leave it somewhere so that you can reference it when you need an emotional lift.  Second, you could decide to share it with the rest of Duranland.  You can share it on the Daily Duranie various social media platforms.  Maybe you just want to send it to us via email, just so it is shared with someone.  Yet, some of  you might love your list of joyful fandom moments so much that you want to do more with it.  You could turn it into a guest blog.  Seriously, wouldn’t it be cool if we had a ton of blogs with people sharing some of the best moments of their fandom!?!  I think it would be great.

I know that I plan to do this myself.  I need the reason, the excuse to dive deep into my fandom and just remember the good times.  I will blog about my list, of course, as well.   I will also encourage my partner-in-crime to complete a list herself.  I just think we could all use a little injection of something good, something happy.  I hope you all agree.  Homework assignments are due next Sunday, which means that you have a week to think about your 10 moments of joy and make a list.  On Sunday, I’ll report on mine.

-A

Girl You’re Looking Beat

Blogging during Duran down time is not easy.  There is little news to respond to and many of the fandom overview topics have been covered.  I am beginning to feel like blogging is like teaching a student who really struggles to learn.  For teachers, that student pushes our thinking to be more creative, to try something new, to figure out something new in order to reach that kid.  On one hand, I appreciate that my job does that.  It keeps me creative and a good problem solver.  Now, I think the blog is kind of like that.  I now have to push myself to be creative when I blog during downtime.  I cannot assume that news will happen.  It is up to me to find something to talk about.

Luckily, I feel like I have up with an idea.  When I cannot think of anything to write, I will simply hit shuffle on whatever music device is closest to pick out a song.  From there, I’ll pick out a lyric that hits me for some reason.  I did that today and got the song, Shelter.  From there, I checked out the lyrics and focused in on, “Girl You’re Looking Beat.”  Yep.  I resemble that remark.

Teachers are funny creatures.  On one hand, the VERY last thing that we want to do is to talk school, work, the job.  On the other hand, we are desperate to share, to vent, to get our emotions out of our system.  After all, at work, we put on a game face with the students.  We learn to suppress our thoughts and feelings for the benefit of others, the students.  After awhile, this wears as does the work load both in and out of the classroom.  I’m sure, right now, if anyone would see me, s/he/they would think that I am looking beat.  They would not be wrong.

If work was not enough, the world has seemed very heavy lately.  News like the massacre that happened in Vegas or the suffering as a result of hurricanes and their aftermaths adds to the exhaustion.  Believe me when I say that the news gets to me.  Believe me when I also say that knowing the horror makes me less anxious than not.  If all that was not enough, I am busy planning an event for the political group that I lead and am making plans to pick up my niece from college for her fall break.  Heck, even last night’s book club added to the exhaustion.  Any and all activity feels like so much work right now.  Despite my exhaustion, I continue to move forward.

What is interesting to me is how there seems to be a Duran lyric to describe any time and any feeling.  It feels to me that this is the beauty of their lyrics.  They are left open to interpretation and do put into words that which is intangible, those very complex emotions that we all carry with us.  If you had to pick a lyric to describe you, right now, what is it and why?  I would love to know!

-A