Covid Changes Everything!

How have you adapted to the changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic?

My post title is taken from the Cindi Lauper song, “Money Changes Everything.” Although, as we noted during the pandemic, some people refused to change, or even acknowledge there was such a thing. I’m amazed that such ignorance did not lead to more deaths (or maybe it did, and we heard only the loud-mouthed survivors screaming).

I recall in the early days of the pandemic—I mean March 2020—we thought it would only last a few weeks. We’ll extend spring break, and then go from there! Instead, things stopped. My theatre production, weeks in rehearsal, got cancelled. Classes went online. And we wore masks everywhere we went…if we went anywhere!

I retired the year following the Covid/online teaching year, so I did get to teach in person before stepping away. My time is now spent adapting to those changes brought on by retirement rather than to the pandemic. I still struggle to be relevant outside the world of academia in which, as I have said before, I have spent the majority of my life (46 of my 65 years…70%?) in academia, working toward the goal of educating myself and then others. Now switching my focus is hard work, trying to start a new theatre/performance company, with lots of ideas but limited resources. However, I remain positive about the possibilities.

But please—no more pandemics for awhile, okay?

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

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