The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Working Home During The Corona Virus Pandemic
There is no doubt that this global epedemic brought upon by the CCP virus or COVID-19 has changed the world. For everyone, it has been devstating. Everyone now has PTSD and is traumatized. There is no doubt. We have all been through it and we are all suffering, and this is unlikely to ever go away. Most people who lived through the Great Depression and the world wars never forget. We will not ever forget anything that happened during 2020, including the wildfires of Australia, the ever-destruction of the Amazon, while there is mass murder and slaughtering of innocent people around the world, to obtain their wealth or lands, to the attempted impeachment of President Donald Trump, the never-ending mass extiction of some of our largest animals, and of course, China and the CCP virus (COVID-19).
This is probably not a great time to joke, but it is the jokes and humor that gets me and probably many of you through the day. I cannot say I am bored. I am never bored. I don’t have to show at work for 8 hours a day and I can work at home remotely. But as I think about what the world is going through, and believe me, if it was a relative or an immediate family member of mine, I’d be very upset to see them have to fight or lose through this. However, when it comes to saving the planet, saving animals, and saving nature, if saving nature is what it takes for humans to understand that they are the virus of the Earth, then I must say: this guy right here, Thanos was right.
Thanos seems to be more humane during Avengers: Infinity War by snapping his fingers and people simply do not experience the pain of death, but rather, they just did not exist anymore. We could get into what death looks like in the Marvel universe, but for this specific confession, I am simply referencing Thanos, including the fact that I, like you, have a 50% chance of disappearing. And well, please Thanos, still, do it.
My type of evil is Thanos evil, not simply evil for money or for profit or for selfish reasons, but rather, the preservation of resources, not to prevent creatures from utilizing them, but to be mindful when using them. The fact that the Earth’s oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, along with the air itself being less polluted: to humans, 2020 has been a miserable year so far. To the animals of the Earth, the Earth itself, it has been a blessing: a chance, finally for the Earth to actually heal itself. When our leaders said no, it could not be done, it was nature that forced them to realize they have no true power over the Earth.
With over a million infections worldwide, there are at least double that amount of people who are effected by those families who get the virus. For some of us, we don’t know anyone who has the virus and we have yet to even seen the virus in full force. However, as our governments remain very serious about the issue, and our hospitals are overwhelmed, please stay indoors. You have wished and prayed to stay home from school and work and now that your prayers are answered, you want to go back to work, and your children want to go back to school. Can’t please you all!
I, personally, have dreamed about working from home, and about 7 or 8 years ago, I landed my dream job, and have been working home quite more often than not, though there was a while where they wanted everyone to come back to the office, and while I hated it, it was what they wanted or lose my job, so you don’t have to wonder how that worked out. Actually, I live on the other side of the country because I chose to stay employed. For most people, working at home is not really common unless you are a freelancer or you happen to be an entrepreneur or running your own business. For everyone else, they head to a physical place and work.
I love working at home. I never thought it would be possible. I am a huge advocate for remote work. While the human contact is somewhat lost, the cost-savings on not actually needing to rent office space, buy desks, supply everthing basically, companies can have people work from home. Have daily or weekly meetings. There are dozens of software services that allow you to keep track of literally everything your employees do so you can certainly keep track of productive hours. The joys of working from home certainly include the ability to not have to dress up or shower and you can certainly see your family more often, though this is not always a bonus to some people.
Working from home means that when my job is over, not only did I have to not drive into work anywhere, but I can simply close my laptop and go to sleep because work is done. There are many pros and cons to working at home and while we won’t get into every thing, I will say that it is not something everyone can do. I do know people who would prefer to go into work. However, some people, like myself, gladly welcome the stay-at-home quarantine policy. In fact, I was about to tell my boss that I was just going to stay at home while he and everyone else risked going into work. It is not that I am a germophone nor do I fear what the CCP virus could do to me, but rather that I just prefer not to ever get sick. I do well by avoiding people, so this is nothing new for me, and for many others as well, just the same.
The best bonus is certainly the former I mentioned: not having to dress up, but specifically: no pants. Seriously, the feeling is amazing. More to the point: if you are single, you can literally work from home in the nude. Yes, naked. I know you shouldn’t, but who would really know? Your webcam. Sure, it has happened before, and while you normally would charge your audience for your night job, you’ll be giving your coworkers a free show during the day.
For most people who do not work at home and look forward to returning home, this is a more accurate depiction:
I always wonder just how many people, sitting there in their business suits, specifically in the media, actually fully dressed up. As a man who has worked semi-remotely for 9 years, I have to say that even in the most important meetings, I probably wasn’t wearing any pants. Yes, I did put on a nice shirt in order to look the part, but honestly? My laptop is pointing at me the entire time, my upper body, and therefore my lower body has no possibility of ever being seen.
I enjoy working at home because the majority of time, I prefer not to be wearing any clothes at all. Though I cannot do this most of the time, as I live with other people, and I assume most of you do too, for those few minutes, or that very rare hour or two where no one is home, and you realize you can actually masturbate and be as loud as you want. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it is comparable to “having your own place” and really feeling like you are the shit. Don’t worry, you only get it for a few minutes. And just because I mentioned it does not mean you should ever, under any circumstances, masturbate during work. Please do not masturbate during work.
But there is something about working at home and not having the same set of rules as going to physically work somewhere, unless you are a porn star, of course. Then it is a given that you do need to remove your clothes. But for the majority, if not 99.99% of all jobs, we all have to wear clothes. When you work at home, however, the rules change!
I do have a few meetings a month so when that happens, an accurate depiction of me can be seen in the following photo, which represents me in a nice shirt, looking very clean, and professional, because I care about this meeting that we need to have, and of course, I’m not going to be naked about it, so I put on some clothes to look the part. However, because you cannot see me anywhere below, well, you can expect me to show up to our meeting like this:
We all would like to pretend that we’re all very different, but the fact is: I poop, you poop, he poops, she poops, and so do your parents. We all need to eat. We all need to sleep. We all need to wear clothes after a certain age, especially if we plan to leave the house. The vast majority of us need to go to work, make our livings, try to save some money, try to enjoy our lives, and it is likely that all of our habits are similar too.
While I am a complete insomniac and I know others are too, a great many people do the normal thing, wake up early, go to work, and are productive throughout the day. While I am very productive at night, my day actually does not start until at least after 10 AM. That is still too early for me and a safer bet is around 12 PM. But for the most part, we are really all the same. So it is okay for you to admit, or even try it: if you are working from home, keep the pants off. You’ll see how liberating it feels!
No pants! Keep the pants off! So for those of you who I am not telling anything new, is it safe to say that at least some of you, some of the journalists, politicians, reporters, and others working from home actually look something more like this?
The time will pass and we are going to return to a “new normal” in which some of us may remain working from home, while others will be called back to an office. Many more people will start new business ventures and jobs and there will be insurance companies popping up for “pandemic insurance” and so much more.
For those of us who were already working at home: we remain unaffected. For those of you who were at work and had to work home: part of you must have loved it, and publicly, you’ll admit that you really did miss being in an office, as this is just some humans like to do: show up to a physical place for hours at a time to do a job and be paid for it. Secretly, however, there will be something in you that really enjoyed being home with your family, your pets, and not having to deal with the daily traffic, or even people, is, and was probably quite liberating and amazing.