The mission of our STEM team is to build an inclusive STEM community that empowers all learners to better their world. The last four days have been remarkable, at least from my perspective, in that I've been part of the work to advance our mission at different scales and across different groups. For that, I feel truly thankful and fortunate. Since many of my former colleagues asked what it is that I do now, I'll share the highlights.
On Friday, I wrote a short post on Facebook and the reaction to it was surprising. Not only did a surprising number of people react to the post, most assumed I had had a bad week. One very sweet friend even sent me a picture of a smiling llama to make me feel better. Why is it that having an exhausting week is perceived as a bad week? That doesn't compute in my book. For me, I'd felt like I'd run a marathon. It was draining and hard in more than one way, and yet it was satisfying in a strange way, too. I cried and it was cathartic.
I'll keep this short because I'm going to hit the road in a few minutes to continue south toward home. Twice in the past two weeks, I've been brought up short by comments on social media that made me stop and think, "Really? You don't think I don't already know that?" We all make comments with the best of intentions, trying to "educate" or help. But it makes the giver look foolish when it's something with which you're intimately familiar and they just didn't stop to take the time to figure that out.