CORAL SPRINGS, FL - As I write this on the first work Friday of the new year, I have been working remotely for three full quarters.
I did not even make it through the first quarter of being Chair of the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce before our world became virtual. I can barely remember how it feels to be on the corporate treadmill of life; yet, it has only been nine months.
Only nine months? I was pregnant twice and that seemed like an eternity both times! Maybe that was because I was waiting to meet my child and the prize at the end was worth the wait? What are we waiting for now? When will this be over?
Max, my 12-year-old pug, knows that his life changed drastically nine months ago. Instead of waiting for humans to show up after work or long nights of networking and having fun, we have been home constantly. He never has to worry about his next meal or walk or toy. They are now readily available. His only dilemma is which human to follow around since we have all been home since this started. When we turn off the lights at the end of the night, he willingly goes to bed looking more exhausted than ever. I swear I hear him asking when will this be over?
My three adult children who are in various stages of their 20’s have been through the ringer this past year. The oldest, who lives in NYC, was furloughed for five months. He pivoted, took some graduate courses, got his real estate license, and miraculously was hired back into his position at full salary. Yet, his home and social life are not the same, and he is wondering, when will this be over?
His brother graduated virtually from college and took a remote, customer service position for a DEO contractor while he kept pursuing his dream job. He was lucky enough to secure such a position four months ago, but he has to wear PPE and carry sanitizer everywhere in order to say safe. He wonders when will this be over?
Our youngest, a junior at the University of Central Florida who is a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School survivor is taking all remote classes. He once had an active social life complete with fraternity and lots of friends. And yes, he, too, wonders when will this be over?
Perhaps the question is not when will all this be over but what have we learned about ourselves in the past nine months?
I have learned that I do not have to be present in an office from 9-5 to be productive. I have learned that people would rather connect virtually to conduct business than not have any business. I have learned to be thankful for all of the good things in my life, including, Max, the boys, my wonderful husband and my Peloton! I have learned to not take anything in life for granted as just seeing our elderly parents is now a treat.
I have learned to be resilient and to find joy in small things.
Andrea R. Jacobs, Esq., is the chair of Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is also the managing partner in the law firm of Brodzki Jacobs in Coral Springs, which is an advertiser of TAPinto Coral Springs.
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