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Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Sunday Update 12: Catching Up

It has been a while since I did a Sunday Update post. The last one was, if I am not mistaken, during the first month of the lockdowns here in the Philippines due to the pandemic. Those were easier times. Since then, it has been a challenging and stressful nine (gasp!) months…so far. No one knows when this pandemic will be over (although a lot of people are certainly acting like it is already), so the term “new normal” may really be the norm for the foreseeable future. It really feels like life will never be the same again.

The past week has been, like the rest of 2020 has been, marked with events that reaffirm how insane this year is for all of us. Typhoon Rolly passed by the country and left so much damage, destruction, and death in its wake. As grateful as I am that the super typhoon, which was supposed to hit our area as well, had diverted to another path, I was still shocked and saddened by how it devastated the areas in its path. 

Another event that still had (almost) everyone waiting with bated breath is the US Presidential Election. As the news channels have reported, this has become the election that has had the highest voter turnout in US history. While many have hoped that this would be a landslide win for Joe Biden, it has also been a shocker that current President Donald Trump has had as many votes as he has. It was still pretty close, so supporters from both ends were tensely waiting for the outcome. It is just troubling to see that Trump and his supporters are insisting that he is being cheated – with reports of rallies against counting of votes (and for counting of the votes, which confuses me). Still, it was good to wake up to the news that it was officially declared that Joe Biden is now President-elect and Kamala Harris is Vice President-elect. 

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Work has been busy. I feel like there is so much to do and so little time to get things done. It does not help when there are people who are not pulling their weight at the office and I must do more work than I should to help them catch up. As much as I want to call people out on this, I also want to be understanding and acknowledge that people are all dealing with the stress of this pandemic in different ways.  These are challenging times, and I do not want to be the person who will make it even worse for other people if I can avoid it. Just how long I can handle my own stress levels however is an entirely different story.

The only work highlight for the week has been about finally seeing a long-term project that I have been working on finally coming to fruition. It has been a long and challenging journey to get to this point and I am happy that the hard work and heartache (at times) has been worth it. I wish I could enjoy and celebrate the completion of this more, but with the current pandemic that is not likely to happen.

At home, I have been spending time helping my nephew and niece with their schoolwork. Since all the kids here are homeschooled this schoolyear, it has been a challenge for them to suddenly be thrust into reading modules and completing their learning tasks per subject every week. If my younger self could see me now, she would be laughing at the idea that I am teaching these kids math and science. I was terrible at both subjects as a student and needed a tutor to pass them and now I am (much to my own shock) teaching topics that I never could understand when I was in school. I am not saying that I am smarter now, but it has been easier to re-learn them now as an adult. 

I cannot believe it is already November. The year 2020 will be over soon enough…not that it would make any difference unless the world can find an effective (and affordable) vaccine for COVID 19 in 2021 (most people say it is not likely until 2022 though). As much as I want to be optimistic that things will be better, news of new lockdowns in other countries does not fill me with that much confidence. I hope things will get better soon and things will be OK but being cautiously optimistic is the way to go for me right now. 

Until things get back to some semblance of normal, until things get close to being the way it was before (well, the good things anyway), let us all keep praying for a miracle. Or keep your fingers crossed, whichever you prefer. 


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