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My First Day Back

Updated: Aug 2

Today was my first day back in the office, after working from home for more than 11 weeks. I had a mix of emotions; excitement, happiness, and worry. I was excited because I got to meet my coworkers again, I was happy because I was reunited with my desk (three screens!), but I was worried because the pandemic is far from over. I had a mix of emotions; excitement, happiness, and worry. I was excited because I got to meet my coworkers again, I was happy because I was reunited with my desk (three screens!), but I was worried because the pandemic is far from over.


Being in the office for 8 hours today was also overwhelming; not because of the work itself, but because my senses were working double shifts. I had been used to the comfort of my bedroom, working in my pyjama pants, and hidden from the outside world yet staying connected. In the office, I had to look presentable from top to bottom and felt the need to be constantly working and not to take breaks as I used to while working from home. By the end of today, I was exhausted.


Taking public transit to and from work was another worry. I wore my disposable gloves and mask the whole time, and I kept on mulling over where to sit on the train and bus. I could feel everyone else was doing the same; anxious glances were shared between us and I wasn't the only one fidgeting.


I was almost too happy to be home; I immediately hopped into the shower, sanitized my devices and put my backpack on the floor, afraid it would contaminate the rest of my safe space. Tomorrow I'll be working from home again, as my office is doing rotating schedules instead of asking all of the employees to go back to the office every day.


I can already tell you that tomorrow will be a great day because I'll be home. I hope I'll feel different after I do this for some time.


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