“Hello again fellow transitionees. I’m writing to let you know that I will no longer be updating this Blog.
That’s right, transitioning has ended for me, and I now have absolutely nothing to write to you about. I have finished transitioning. It’s over.”
Were it so easy.
The above was a joke. I’m going to give you an update in brief of what has actually been happening in my life since my last post in… Well let’s not talk about how long ago that was.
“Chris, you went to Washington?”
“What’d you do there?”
Awesome NYTD (National Youth In Transition) Survey conference, at which I was the youth representative for Pennsylvania. There were other youth and staff from all over the country, with forty-something states present, and someone from Puerto Rico.
“Well, Chris. That’s pretty cool. Why didn’t you tell us about this?”
I dunno. I’ll share more shortly.
Pennsylvania Independent Living Youth Retreat:
“Hey Chris, how was that retreat you never shut up about?”
It was awesome. A week of fun and exhibits of inspiring talent from IL youth hailing from all across the state, and awesome keynote speech at the Banquet—-a spiffy banquette where everyone got all dressed up (some fine looking people, these PA youth…)—-a talent show, a dance, some good ol’ fashion competition in various forms. I’d say it went pretty well.
“That’s nice, Chris. I see you’re already revved up to talk about it for the next year. Can we ask another question, though?”
“Why didn’t you post about that too?”
Next question please.
Focus Group with Group Home:
Before you ask, I’m going to write more about this.
“Woah. Was that initiative?”
It’s important. Next question.
“There was a hurricane?”
Do you live under a rock?
“Yes, after the earthquake.”
Aren’t I supposed to be the one with the snarky sense of humor here, oh reader?
“Really. I hear you live next to the Schuylkill…”
I lived in the Schuylkill, briefly. I assure you I did not drown.
“Is everything alright?”
A night in a shelter, met some really cool Red Cross people, got a free refugee blanket, met all of the people in my apartment complex who I never spoke to before, lost a tiny bit of cynicism at the amount of good will I saw that day. All in exchange for a somewhat soggy carpet—-think I made out alright.
“So what you’re saying is, you laptop wasn’t on the floor. So you were entirely capable of posting during that.”
“Back in classes? How’s that going?”
I’m going to post about the difference between online courses and actually having to show up for class. But, this semester I actually have to show up for classes—-which, I’m coming to understand, is actually in exchange for doing real work. See, in the online courses I took over the spring and summer we had regular assignments which were moderately time consuming and some of which actually required me to know what I was doing on. That difficulty is stripped, and replaced with an attendance grade.
“Still on that ‘participation shouldn’t count’ horse, are you…”
“You know you’re wrong, right?”
“Would an accusation of laziness offend you?”
Flooding (Round 2):
That’s what I said.
“Still the most fulfilling part of your life?”
Word to the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program.
“Have you done what you said in an earlier post and started balancing work/necessities with the things you WANT to do?”
So, I got to do this cool Webinar thing recently. New experience, speaking to a large group of people I can’t see was sort of—-
“Is that your way of saying ‘next question’ again?”
“This is the next question.”
Still a transition. Figuring out housing changes in the near future, figuring out where I want to go with the whole college bit, figuring out where I stand with my often-absentee family, figuring out whether I’m happily distracted with plenty of tasks or distractedly unhappy with tasks that I need to do quicker.
“That’s pretty vague.”
Tell me about it.
“Are you going to post more?”
“Is there anything we can do to help?”
The ‘Ask Me Anything’ feature is pretty neat. It allows you to ask me anything. I’m not required to answer, but you do have the option to ask me anything.
Nope. Just check back for more.
Remember: Life is Transition. So on a blog about someone Transitioning, it’s pretty absurd that they can’t at least throw up a happening or two as an update.