Ahhh, what to say about the past year?
- The last two years of COVID have been hard for everyone, and so “good” is all relative. I loved teaching from home last school year, and it broke my heart to go back to in-person this fall. As I write this, I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that we don’t go back to in person classes on Monday. That said, I love my job teaching multilingual learners, and the kids are always a delight.
- I’m on week 12 of 20 weeks of vision therapy, and it’s the best $3000 I’ve ever spent. It was recommended after my concussion 3 years ago, but insurance wouldn’t pay and I was hoping my eyes would improve. (They didn’t.) I have an hour long session every week, and then different activities to practice at home. Since starting, I’ve had far fewer headaches, become less light-sensitive, and I can actually have conversations face to face without internal panic wondering if my eyes are wandering. I can read a book on my computer without 36 hours of headache to follow, and I can even drive more easily. For me, the therapy focuses on learning to use my peripheral vision, and undoing the bad habits of over-focusing that I developed post concussion. I’m on track to be able to get rid of my progressive lenses by the end!
- I like TikTok. Seriously, I wrote a post about TikTok for the Sewcialists and that is the only reason I joined… but sometimes all I want is a steady stream of happy queer folks, good teachers, and endless cute cats, and TikTok provides that so well.
- Speaking of the Sewcialists… we wrapped up in June and I have no regrets. We were all pretty burned out, and I’m enjoying not having that constant pressure to be on top of things. I miss the camaraderie of the team, but that’s nothing a few Zoom hangouts and IG chats can’t fix!
- Finally, I’m more frustrated and furious with society the longer the pandemic lasts. How can 13% of people in my left-wing university city be food insecure in this day and age? How can 30% or more of students in my schools from grade 5 and up identify as LGBTQ+ and yet I still have to couch everything around my Gender and Sexuality Alliance club in terms of “talk to your adults if it feels safe”? Why is my government constantly funding business through COVID instead of making sure that people can meet their basic needs and have enough leftover to keep the economy going? What on earth is the point of gender and race constructs except to divide us and maintain privilege? What a lot of rubbish.
Phew! Those Top 5 Reflections were really all over the place, and very little to do with sewing.
Let’s see how my Top 5 Goals go!
- Take it as it comes. Part of me longs to get back to the good ol’ days where I sewed and blogged regularly, but that’s not where I am at the moment. It’s not where the sewing community is either, and that’s ok.
- Play with gender presentation. I don’t really know what this means for me, but I think I’d like to try a snazzy button up summer shirt and some less femme poses. Hand on hip doesn’t work as well with things that don’t have waist emphasis! (I’m picturing male perfume ads: How does one do a sexy nose sniff-and-wipe? A cowboy 300 yard stare? A crouching pose that doesn’t look like a little kid ready to play leap frog? I’ll be studying up on TikTok for inspiration.)
Um, yeah, that’s it. I really can’t come up with any more goals that aren’t just make-work projects which won’t happen. Let’s stick with “take it easy” and “be me”!
Did you set any goals this year or reflect on your last year of sewing? I’m curious how many people have stopped crafting or changed craft focus in the last few years. I wonder if we’ll ever get back to “the way it was” or are we all on new journeys? I’d love to hear your thoughts.