A simple word and often a simple place but for many it is exactly what we need. The ability to come home after a long day of work or school and just be I a place that is comfortable, known and safe is one that we often take for granted.
This week was a challenging week not just for me but for many others because home was no longer that place that we could go for complete refuge. We could go home and be in the structure of a home but without heat, or sometimes running water or other key things. I found that being without those things was not as much of a struggle because I could use other’s heat, electricity, internet, and house to be in, but that was not home. Even just coming home at night to be there in the cold and dark was nice at the end of the day. The difficult part was while doing all the things I do every day, I did not have the same feeling of being home and being comfortable.
I know I sit in a privileged position to even be able to go home and feel this way. I am grateful for what I have and don’t want to take it for granted. The beautiful part about this week was the reminder of exactly that, how blessed I am in getting to come home every night, while there are many others that don’t get to do that.
I noticed this week that I struggled to get stuff done; some of that was working on my laptop instead of my desktop with my office chair, but When I am at another place, I struggle to work as well, I want to be doing other things when I am in another place. Being home, I can focus and not be distracted as easily.
The challenge I can see for college students is finding that new sense of home or comfort, especially those from other states or countries. Even for those starting a new job, creating that environment that is yours, safe, comfortable is so important to being able to do the work you need to do.
I am thankful for being home, where it is warm, safe; I have internet, my computer (with two screens), my chair, and for those things today, I will be thankful. Do I wish I had accomplished more this week? Yes, but that just leads me to be thankful for teachers who are human beings and understand life happens. I hope that I can remember that the next time somebody is struggling, people are human beings, and life happens.
No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”
I know I said I would write about technical stuff eventually, not this week but soon.