I have been going back and forth with how I was going to write about heading back to work tomorrow. I thought about a long, rambling Facebook post...but then I realized most people are like me and lose interest by the time you have to click "read more." Then I though about maybe just writing a private journal entry....which I have been doing on and off for the past month. I decided to take a lot of those thoughts from my journal and write this entry to summarize my thoughts about returning to work for in person education on Tuesday 9/8/2020.
Before I begin with my thoughts I think it is important to explain my personal feelings on the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. First, I am honestly disgusted that the issue became political and citizens starting picking "sides" from day one. I tend to take the word of scientists and medical professionals over politicians or random Facebook posts from "experts" on my friends list when making decisions in my own life. If it were Governor Snyder giving the same directives to the state of Michigan I would have followed them, even if I did not always agree with his politics. If you look to Ohio, Republican Governor Mike DeWine ordered many of the same directives to help keep Ohio safe.
I guess the easiest way to explain how I personally feel is to create a scale, where a 1 ranking is equivalent to living life exactly like I was pre-Covid and a 10 ranking would be having Joe from You build me a glass box for me to move into.
|No, I did not lock myself into one of Joe's glass boxes.......yet|
So where do I fall on the scale? Honestly a solid 5...maybe a 4.5 on good days. This summer I attended a few outdoor graduation parties. I have been coaching my cross country team most of the summer and we have now started competitions. I have cut back on eating out in restaurants (but have not cut back on carry-out, trust me). I wear a mask with no issues wherever I go, and I feel safe and comfortable. I guess I see myself as an average person that is doing his best to keep myself and others safe.
|This is what a Student Council meeting looks like in 2020!|