• Maria Li

Shoot! Did I get COVID-19?!



In this period of pandemic, it is terrible that you feel unwell and don’t know what cause it. And I just experienced it last week.


Last Monday, I woke up with a bad headache, fever and, a itchy dry throat. I tell myself “That’s not a good sign.” I suspected myself infected with COVID-19. I immediately consulted a doctor and got a testing for the virus. While I was waiting for the test result, I had a lot of individual time for me to think and reflect on my life.



I look back into my year goal in 2017, I failed to achieve many of my goals. I understand a person will grow and change, so some goals no longer are on my list.

In 2018, I made a bucket list. 10 out of 30 are done.



I always want to be providing a quality education to nurture future inventors around the world and be a thought leader in the education field. My "School of invention" dream sit at the back of my mind for a long time, but am I really moving close to making it real? Did I just waste 4 years? Did I do something that I really proud of in these 4 years?

Well...yes. I mentored students to help them discover their talents and got pretty good insights of how to do maker education in schools. But I know something is missing.


Then, I reread one of my favorite book from my bookshelf "Ready To Be a Thought Leader?"

Every time I read this book, I will get different inspirations from it. This time, the chapter of "Codify Your Lessons Learned" hit me.



What is missing?

A good documentation to tell my learning and stories.


I know documenting my lessons learned and codify them into intellectual property is an important step to pursue my goal, but what hold me back?


The book listed out five false belief that make people avoid the codifying and documentation step:

  1. Not the leader - I'm just part of the team, I shouldn't take credit.

  2. Others already know it or own it

  3. Too busy

  4. My strengths lies elsewhere

  5. Early days


Although I found all these thoughts also appears in my mind, number 3 and 4 are my top excuse.


These should not be an excuse, this is a chance for my to grow.

I need to practice my writing and public speaking skills.


How might I put it into action?

  • Wake up 1 hour earlier in the morning to write down my thoughts and stories everyday.

  • I am still thinking how to work up my public speaking muscle.



2 Days later, I received a text message on my phone. It's my test result. it's NEGATIVE. What a relieve!




This suspected COVID-19 incident is a big reminder to myself: Make time for yourself to pursue your dream. Don't wait until it's too late.


P.S. I resume writing a Makerspace Guidebook for Teachers to codify my lesson learned. Also after getting some warm up in writing the baseline review report of a village revitalization project last week, I am excited to complete the first draft of my guidebook in April.

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