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Discussion: A place for the feelings…

in: Orienteering; General

Aug 19, 2021 4:47 PM # 
Suzanne:
Wondering if some of the frustration coming up in other threads is less about those exact topics and more about feelings. Fear. Anger. Sadness. Grief. Frustration. Exhaustion. A feeling of being powerless. And more.

So, this is a thread for the feelings. *Not* for feelings directed at someone. But the feelings beneath the surface.

I’ll start…
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Aug 19, 2021 4:51 PM # 
Suzanne:
I’m sad that I’m smelling smoke in the air, worried about if I’ll be able to breath the air between now and Nov and what this means for my daughter, and afraid for what the future will bring.

I’m tired of making risk assessment after risk assessment under changing parameters.

I’m stressed that I don’t know if I should fly to a close friend’s wedding in a few weeks, and I don’t know how to figure out the answer.

I’m heartbroken that forests I love, and want to share with my daughter, are burning.

I’m hopeful that there will be a vaccine for my daughter in a few months.

I’m inspired by how the scientific community has come together these last 18months and made decades of progress with a shared focus.

I’m grateful by all those who have gone out of their way to help a friend or neighbor or club mate, and for reconnecting with old friends. And grateful that my Mom has gotten to spend time with my daughter and was able to help us.

And, I find joy in the park near my home.
Aug 19, 2021 6:07 PM # 
cmpbllv:
I hear you, Suzanne. We are so lucky our kids are old enough to both be vaccinated.

I'm fed up with smoke - both in northern CA / southern OR and the smaller fire that led to a scary, aborted backpacking trip 15 miles into the North Cascades backcountry. This is not the west I grew up in. I'm uncertain about planning another famil(ies) vacation like this in 2 years.

I'm so glad to have seen my brother's family and my O friends while in Tahoe. And to have stayed at a super-cool place. And to have felt the thrill of pushing myself again. And to have seen my family's growth after 2 years of training/coaching in our little bubble.

I'm hopeful we can find ways ahead that are research-informed, but also flexible enough to accommodate individual concerns and constraints.

I'm inspired by more time outdoors - at school, with scouts, with orienteers.

And I'm really glad we escaped east coast heat and humidity this summer! ;-)
Aug 19, 2021 7:42 PM # 
jjcote:
I just got back from a trip that totally did not go as planned. Delayed orienteering meets in smoky conditions, then the lodge we were supposed to stay in during the week got closed down (I think it avoided getting burned up), and the national park were were supposed to be visiting did get burned up. So we improvised and did other stuff instead, visiting lighthouses on the NorCal coast, and seeing big trees, including giant sequoias, which need fire to reproduce.

Definitely a better time than sitting at my desk would have been.

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