Silver Linings?

On Monday, I return to work. No, I’m not physically entering the school building but I will be trying to figure out how the heck I’ll be teaching 120 students virtually with lots of online meetings. I honestly cannot say that I’m looking forward to it. Don’t get me wrong. It has been over two weeks since I last saw my students and I’m genuinely missing them. No, I’m happy to reconnect with the kids but I’m struggling to concentrate on anything and wonder if the focus right now should be grades and content.

As I try not to stress out about that too much, I do want to acknowledge the weird silver linings, though, that have come about as a result of being “safer at home.” While, yes, I do appreciate the time spent with the cat and the extra sleep, there are other things that come to my mind. First of all, I have communicated a lot more with various friends than I would have normally. A number of friends seem to be checking in with me daily or almost daily. In some cases, it is to talk about the spring campaign or work related emails. In other cases, they are just checking to see how I am doing. Even Rhonda and I have “chatted” more than we had been. I love each and every message and I love each and every friend I have personally heard from. Likewise, my family also “checks in” everyday. In many cases, we meet virtually to play games and have agreed to watch a movie “together.” All of this helps me feel not so alone and keeps my anxiety as low as possible.

Beyond the personal connections I have been loving, I have to admit that my attention to Duran Duran and Duran Duran fandom has also increased, which I would have never imagined. I have had a lot of Duran activities that have popped up in my schedule, including watching Sing Blue Silver, following the Friday chats, hanging out with an amazing DJ Set by Jason and more. On top of that, Rhonda and I are hosting our own party tomorrow, at 11:30 Pacific or 2:30 Eastern. We will be using the Zoom app so if you have not downloaded it on either your phone, tablet or computer, you definitely should. Once you log in, you should be able to see our YouTube playlist playing. While you will be muted so that people can hear the playlist, everyone should use the chat function to share ideas, thoughts, comments, etc. That will be the fun part! I will share the Zoom meeting number for everyone to join in just before. I’ll edit this post, share it on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/430201534462995/) and on our Twitter. I, for one, am looking forward to it! The zoom meeting number is: 456-745-218

So despite this truly awful time, I, for one, am finding some joy. It doesn’t totally outweigh the horribleness but it helps. It makes me think that once this is all over (see my positive thinking there!) I want to keep many of these silver linings in place. After all, I have learned what really matters to me.

-A

3 thoughts on “Silver Linings?”

  1. I am seeing one positive to this and it’s how people are coming together. People that were fighting a week ago over politics are now offering to help each other get groceries. That gives me hope. I also see a possible silver lining myself. I recently completed an online teaching certification program and a counseling degree and certification. I was getting many counseling jobs (and all so far were questionable)but am starting to see many online teaching jobs, which is where I really want to concentrate on. I am concentrating on things I should have worked on years ago but didn’t have time between working or attending school. Eventually this will end and hopefully we will see a better society.

    1. I’m sure there are definitely positives here, just as there usually are in anything. Best of luck finding a great job in an area you hope to work! I’m sure it’s going to work out wonderfully for you. -R

      1. Thanks and best of luck coming your way as well. I look at it this way that there will be struggling but things will change and those who can adapt will. I feel for those who won’t be able to change though. Yeah things will be much better I predict and I look forward to it. I’ve found that limiting my social media viewing I am feeling better. Too many Debbie Downers online who are making this worse.

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