Rolling Solo is all about connecting with others online, on the road and out and about. With all non essential travel on hold at the moment due to Covid19, our camps, roadtrips, social get togethers & events have come to a screeching campervan halt!
Although the in person events are 50% what we are all about, the other 50% is all about the connection in the community area. The activity in our community app has skyrocketed the last few weeks as we are all at home with data. There are more Rollers liking, commenting & posting than there has been in quite a while.
During these unprecedented times of social distancing, isolation and restrictions on what we can and can’t do, staying connected with other human beings is really really important.
As our camps, roadtrips & social gatherings are off limits right now. I thought we needed to find a way fast to connect & reach out to each other and talk about what’s happening in our lives… just the way we would at an event around a campfire.
Even though I have kids at home I have felt lonely & quite distant from other adults. Being holed up in my house for the last few weeks, going to the supermarket (which had always been my number one worst chore) has recently become my new favourite past-time as I get to see faces, people and movement. I figured if I was feeling this way there were certainly many other Rollers that were too!
We needed to see faces!!
So I rummaged in my collection of subscriptions that I bought sometime when I had another great idea and found that I had one for Zoom meetings. Bingo! A new way for us to connect and see eachother. And up to 100 people at a time.
I set up twice weekly “Virtual Campfire Chats” on Zoom. The first one was a bit bumbly, all 24 of us were looking at each other, our screens, pressing buttons and interrupting each other as we couldn’t figure out which voice was coming from where. It reminded me of the Brady Bunch intro where they are all in separate coloured blocks in a grid, looking up down and all around. But it was fun.
Our first online video Zoom meeting I chose a theme. Everyone had to wear a hat, wig or something unusual on their head – and those fun gals did not disappoint.
We each had a go chatting to the group about what we’ve been up to the last week, how this pandemic has affected our travel and daily lives and also discussions of looking to the future.
I started off the zoom meeting with a song that I tried to get everyone up on their camera to dance along to. Most did, some still had no clue how to work their screen and see what was going on but I must say it was the most fun I’d had in a long time for that one hour.
All in all I would say it was a success and decided then that we would have 2 Zooms a week. Tuesday night and Friday night -so there is opportunity for those not able to get to one or the other.
So just because we can’t go anywhere right now doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on within our own little community world.
Out of this bummer of a time we’ve found a way to add some joy to it… but then that’s the spirit of our members – always trying to make the best of a situation!