Finding Balance in These Uncertain Times: Remote Work and Sharing Our Struggles

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There is a popular saying, which has been used in several memes, among my developer and remote-working friend groups. It goes something like the following:

Government and Doctors: Practice physical distancing during this pandemic.

Remote Workers: I’ve been preparing my whole life for this moment. I got this.

The truth is that we don’t “got this,” at least I know I don’t.

While practicing physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is those little moments that you do not think you will miss that suddenly become important.

Every Saturday, I awake around 6 or 6:30 a.m. I go through my normal routine and get dressed for a morning drive into the city. My home is in a quiet area in rural Alabama. I am a Millennial living within a neighborhood of mostly Baby Boomers. For the most part, it is an ideal place for remote work. Few people bother me, and I can tend to my animals and get my work done in peace. However, it is not exactly the most socially invigorating place in the world.

Those Saturday mornings are important. Assuming I have no other social plans for the week, it is my one chance to get out into the world. I stop by the local Co-Op, pick up any feed or seed I need, and chat with the people there about the farming season or the weather — mostly the weather. I drop into Hidden Treasures, a flea market, and talk with a seller who shares an interest in finding old DVDs, VHS tapes, and Laserdiscs. I grab a sandwich at Subway and am greeted by the Indian-American manager who learned my name on my first visit years ago. He asks about my family. I ask how his family is doing.

These fleeting moments are almost forgettable.


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