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Writing Challenge Day 28: When This Is Over

Level 9

When this is over, will we shake hands again?
Will we make plans again?
Or will it all be banned again?

When this is over, will we commute again?
Will offices be absolute again?
Or will my car be moot again?

When this is over, will we still carry hand sanitizer?
Will we be any wiser?
Or will we forget it all like a blur?

I wouldn’t dare speak for the rest of the world, But for myself, these things are sure:

When this is over, I’ll take fewer things for granted
I’ll make the most of the seeds I’ve planted
I’ll work harder for the things I’ve always wanted

When this is over, I’ll prioritize my happiness
I’ll try so hard to worry less
I’ll always give my very best

When this is over—and it will be—
I’ll be the best possible version of me.


Poetry aside: when this is over, I’m getting a haircut (it’s been 296 days, but who’s counting?) and rebooking the European vacation I had planned for Spring 2020. What about you?


🙂Nice @allison.rael 

When this is over ? I have my own bucket list 🙂

Meet all my friends & relatives

Go on a bike trip

Have variety of snack and food (i want to revisit all those restaurants that i used to go to)


Vacation (maybe a beach)

Office (i am sure a lot of things would have changed)

T breaks - lot of discussions over a break

.......... lots more 🙂

Level 11

Honestly, I think that life will go mostly back to what we all considered normal once the vaccines are widely distributed. From the viewpoint of many on this list, some things will appear different, but I suspect it will be more from temporarily rapid evolution that will return to its former, slower pace. I think a lot of the people who have started working from home will continue to do so. The more employees work remotely, the less office space those companies will have to buy or lease. It saves them money so long as productivity remains high. On the other hand, if you're heavily invested in commercial real estate, that trend won't do you any favors.

On a more macro level, I do think many companies will try to move supply chains back to the US, even if the American product is a bit more expensive. At minimum, I think companies will relocate a good chunk of their Chinese activities elsewhere, even if just to diversify. The troubles getting PPE alone, especially earlier in the pandemic placed the value of having domestic production capacity in the spotlight.

Personally, I look forward to the return to a more normal office culture. I want to get back to being able to pay with a minyan at the synagogue, resume in-person social activities, see family, and travel again. I want to get back to my 'second home' on the 300-level in Nationals Park. It will be great to not feel like I need to mask up, then spend several minutes wiping down a shopping cart (handles, basket -- the whole shebang) just to get groceries.

Yet, I will not be able to ignore actions taken and words written or spoken by some people I know. It has changed my view of them, some for better and others ... not. At least I have a better idea of just who some people are and can tell just what sort of relationship I may or may not want with them.

Level 14

When this is over.... 

Spend time with my family members that I could not see during the pandemic.

Re-book my Outer Banks trip!

Shake hands, hug, high five and all the other up close things we used to do.

Enjoy not wearing a mask, just to get a few things at the store

Pause, reflect and remember those folks we knew who did not survive!

When this is over, and it will be for sure, making plan and reflecting back will set our path forward.   it will not be long as it often is people they will forget, for out of sight is out of mind and thus we will remit.  There will always be something, for us it will always be fresh, but a generation or two from now they will not feel the same.   We can teach, we will preach, they will do as they please anyway.   

Be the best you is the right way ahead.   If we all could but do that, we would be so much happier, and healthier.  

Community Manager
Community Manager

When this is over...

  • Use my FCC (Future Cruise Credits) for the two cruises I had to cancel
  • Give everyone a high-five
  • Take a true vacation and work on my tan
  • Visit friends with confidence
  • Play a sit-down game of D&D again
  • Sit in a cube next to @OliviaP (the poor woman hasn't ever had to deal with experience "neighbor" Kevin)
  • Casually hear about everyone's weekend
  • Have an actual weekend
  • Hug people without fear
  • Attend a happy hour that isn't virtual
  • Meet up with friends and coworkers from around the world at a SolarWinds User Group

In summary, take my vacations and reconnect with people that aren't in my immediate circle.  I would have never thought that I, a self-described introvert, would desire human connections so much.  I miss seeing the community members IRL, I miss the hallway conversations, I miss the chatter and din of an active office.  But as much as I miss those things, I've always put the safety of others above that of myself.

However, there are some things that will remain the same in the post-2020 days.

  • Virtual meetings with family who live over 1,000 miles away
  • Valuing the THWACK community and it's members by connecting as much as possible
  • Reminding myself that I am blessed to work for a company that both values and appreciates my contributions
  • Loving my wife, and by extension, my life and helping each other grow to be better than we were the day before

No matter what happens with the next twelve months, I've learned to take stock in the things that are defining to my life.

Big kudos to @allison.rael for the poingent and heart-felt poetry.  When we get back to normal, are there any chances you'll have an open seat at one of your D&D games for an old-timer?

Level 9 Those all sound wonderful. Ah, the things we used to take for granted...

@mjperkins I think you've hit the nail on the head. I'm so ready for in-person activities again. 

@gfsutherland Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

@jeremymayfield One of my high school history teachers always said "Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it." I hope we can all learn from experiencing a pandemic.

@KMSigma There's always a spot for you at my D&D games. Except for Ladies Night. 

Level 8

Hopefully, things will return to some sort of normalcy.  I agree with @KMSigma though on the sit down D&D games.  I enjoy the virtual game that I am currently involved in but definitely miss the in-person, sit down at a real table with friends, sessions.  There is something very satisfying about rolling real dice that clatters until it lands on a number (it is even more satisfying when the number is a good one).  If anyone is in the Charleston, SC area and would like, I will gladly run a D&D adventure for a night (one-shot).  HMU!!!

When this is over?


I'll be with friends again. 

Be employed again?

Making plans to go fishing and guiding again.


Drive the AlCan, and then drive back down home again.

Seeing bison and moose and those pronghorn again!


I'll be smiling again, hugging strangers again!  Greeting new friends and old with great styling again.


I'll be GIGGING again!  Making music with friends.  Playing saxophone, keyboards, and singing again!





Level 11

When this is over 

I will go to a movie!  

Do some traveling including eating out and talking to people along the way, making new friends.

I will get out and about, happy and carefree!  Hopefully, we will get to that soon!

Level 16

When this is over. 

Depends greatly on what your specific 'this' is. If its the global health issues, then 'this' will probably be over sometime in 2021. If 'this' is the hack reported on December 14th then.... 

Level 18

What struck me about today's theme was the wishfulness and wistfulness, but also the hopefulness of looking forward.

"When this is over" has, at it's heart, the acknowledgement that "Some day, soon, this WILL all be over." We can see it; picture ourselves in it; plan for the time when it arrives.

If that doesn't capture the essense of "Accentuate the Positive", I don't know what does.

Level 9

@dhaldeman You are a good person for offering to run a game! I miss in-person games too. The atmosphere of a packed store on game night... it's unbeatable. 

@rschroeder 10 out of 10, excellent contribution. This made me smile. 🙂

@tphelps01 I don't remember the last movie I saw in theaters. It might have been Star Wars. 

@adatole We'll get through it. I just wish we had a better idea of when!

Level 9

When this is over, I'll get a haircut and travel again.  I'll hug my friends and loved ones for a long embrace.  I'll have a big get together to make up for all the birthdays and holidays.  I'll take more vacation time to get out.  I'll play more board games and local co-op games just to be in the same room as my friends.  Even if we're not playing, I'll hang out more even if it means I'm just taking a nap at their place and just enjoying the company or being in the moment with them.

When this is over, I hope wearing masks is still a normal thing. To which I mean wearing one when you want to when after the rules no longer require it.  I know it was normal before in other countries like Japan, whereas not so much here until the pandemic.  I found masks helped cut down my allergies and I was hardly sick this year.   I still feel like a ninja or subzero when I wear one, so I'd probably would still like to wear it now and then in the future without getting weird looks.

Level 13

When this is over, I look forward to actually hanging out at the office. I have still gotten to know these lovely people virtually, but I look forward to the day when we are comfortable being in the same space together. Genuinely, I most look forward to allowing my son a somewhat normal childhood. We have had several conversations in the past months about all the things he misses and is missing out on. This has been hard on our kids. I have done what I could (and felt safe/comfortable) doing to help facilitate things from online gaming so he can get social activity with his friends to video calls with family members to keep them in touch. Unfortunately, he is still missing so much - regular school, in person friend hang outs, sports, extracurricular activities, and more. 

Back to more positive - when this is over, I look forward to traveling more, attending conferences, and meeting and seeing lovely people.