The Long Game


The sun is shining, birds are singing in the trees, and there’s a distant sound of traffic. I’ve not driven to work in an age and I am not missing the queuing or the faff of finding a parking place.

I am, dare I say?, really getting into this home working gig. The sightly later start, actually getting a lunch hour*, looking out into the garden, and having time with the Ever Lovely Mrs J is rather nice.

I am so far coping with the lack of dressing, although I am missing meeting up with T friends at Chams. This week’s online meeting was a no show as others had a lot on. Still, maybe next week will be busier. Fingers crossed.

Last year, I wrote about putting on your big girl pants. A phrase used by colleagues with a knowing nod of loving irony. Perhaps there are times when I should look back at my posts and find what I’ve been through previously.

I’ll get to the point 🙂 I am currently doing a job that I am loving. I don’t just mean the home working, but I am running a team (not as a manager but as equals) and I am soooo in my element. I look forward to my work and it inspires me. Given some stinkers in the past, it feels good to do something you are passionate about. Not only that, but we’ve had some amazing feedback from colleagues and some very senior people. I say ‘we’ because it’s about us, not just me.

My issue is that I am worried it will end. That come late summer, I will be back to writing guff and being part of the problem: not the solution. Part of me wants to know things will continue, and yet I dare not ask because I feel a tall shadow approaching.

Just maybe, I need to reach for the metaphorical big girl pants and go see the big boss.


  1. During our global lockdown your posts are a lovely distraction. I know you would realise this but I want to thank you for your effort. It lights up people even in far off Australia.
    It would be interesing for each of your readers to tell us where they are reading this.
    And now to your topic….
    Even in these concerning times when there is sickness, death and economic calamity in abound, I am very optimistic about the futute globally.
    This plague has brought to the front of our minds the problems we have overlooked for eons. Now we realise things like homelessness and poverty, unchecked free trade, pollution, lack of affordable health care, commuting, life balance, resiliance at a family, corporate and national and international level and on and on, all pose risks or are at risk when something goes wrong.
    To have seriously questioned blind capitalism even six months ago would have been dismissed by many.
    Not now.
    I know there’ll be a push to get back to the pre covid normal. Burn more coal. Increase profits, restore the pollution levels to reassure everyone that business is back. But a little bit later I am hoping for a groundswell of people demanding more, both for the value of a better life for us all but also for a more resiliant life for us all.
    Now that might include something very simple. ACCEPTANCE. I try to accept you with all the wonders and foibles you bring, be ye trans, homeless, of a different race, religion or class.
    It depends on me to put my big girl pants on and take the lead and to agitate others to be courageous.
    Otherwise we will have wasted a crisis. And that would be unforgiveable.
    Today is ANZAC day in Australia and New Zealand. No marches.
    No remembrance gatherings.
    Just early morning remembrances in our driveways. The sun came up as usual. The day felt small but it has probably never felt so meaningful to me.
    The world changed a month or two ago.
    Now we work out its furure shape.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the blog. I’m just posting here and there. Others are doing the same and maybe between us, it can be a collection of Trans* themed light reading.

      As to a shift in culture and attitude to the planet: I can only hope that many people are asking why we have to drive or fly everywhere? Yes, there are many jobs that need people to come together and work, yet many more in the modern economy that don’t.

      Good luck in pushing back against the Let’s Burn All the Resources for Money movement. On a positive note, I did see that the renewable energy sector is booming compared to oil.

  2. It is without question the world has changed, here in the UK, many are now working from home just as Lynn is doing, and it would seem to a certain extent enjoying the experience. I can not believe when we eventually come out of the other side of this terrible virus, things will not change. I can’t believe we will go back to the same old way of working. Large corporations have multi million pound office blocks in central London, I know I’ve been inside several, and the cost of operating these huge buildings is colossal. The question I hope the leaders of these big corporate concerns is asking is “Why do we need such big building?” The fact is if people can work form home, this will reduce the amount of office space required, reduce the cost of running the building, reduce traveling and therefore pollution, it would also have the effect of reducing the working week for many as the hours travelling to and from work each day would be eliminated. And surly that would make for a better environment for all of us and a happier work / life balance for those who could work form home?

    Lets hope that at the end of this, lessons will be learned, there are different ways of doing things, we need to change for the good of all of us, hopefully the leaders of commerce and industry will see we can all live a better lifestyle……….

    1. Happy staff are productive staff, IMHO 🙂

      I think there will be a group of folk whose mindsets may not be quite so open to the New Normal. Conversely, the organisations who embrace it – where it’s possible – may well shoot forward and it may be that, that drives things onward.

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