I have a little confession. I was starting to like meeting on Zoom and working from home.
Or so I thought.
Here’s what I liked, sometimes loved: not commuting to and from work (if you’re from Southern California, you know what a big deal this is); not having to pack materials to take to school (and then inevitably realizing you forgot something); not worrying about what tech would be available to me or not (after so many months, my home set up had everything); not having to pack lunch (foraging in the fridge midday was so much more fun than another PB&J); not having to put on pants that didn’t have an elastic waistband (I’m transitioning with dress leggings right now). So many things I didn’t have to do! This is actually great I told myself. But deep down I wasn’t feeling it.
Last week I went back to working in-person for the new year and it turns out I’m a people who needs people! I’m split down the middle between introvert/extrovert and over the past year, I could feel that introverted side of me slowly taking over. But once I got into that room filled with teachers, my extroverted side came roaring back.
Seeing people milling around the morning pastry table, overhearing little jokes passed between colleagues, watching people take notes or snap pictures–I missed all of these little things. And of course, there’s just the energy you feel in the air when you’re learning alongside people that you just can’t get from a computer screen. This palpable energy is worth the drive, worth investing in button-up pants, and you know what, I love PB&Js!