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From “Meh” to “Eh!” (or even, “Eh?”)

Taft, Lorado (1860-1936); Sons and Daughters of Deucalion and Pyrrha; sons; 1933; limestone; figures range from 5' to 7' high; south side of Foellinger Auditorium (sons) and east side of the Main Library (daughters), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

There is a general feeling of “meh”….no excitement, lack of desire to do more than they have to… no idea what their near future will look like…Last week when my student staff and I talked about this condition of “meh,” we jokingly said that we need to move ourselves and others from “meh” to “eh!” Remove the *m*!

              ~ Alicia P. Rodriguez, Academic Advisor, Department of Latina/0 Studies

We’re all feeling the “meh.” Everyone is just trying to get through the rubble of a semester that was seismically disrupted, and make sense of the ways the world is being transformed all around us.

So how do you get to “eh!”?

  • Be tender with your “meh.” It comes from a real place of loss and grief.  Give yourself time and space to have those feelings. Yes, different people are experiencing different magnitudes of loss in this time. You can still let yourself feel what you feel before you judge it or try to move past it.
  • Keep in mind that “eh!” is very different from “Yeah! I”m gonna use this time to write a novel/come up with a new entrepreneurial idea/learn a language/do a home improvement project!” It’s just “eh!” — a better place than “meh.”
  • Recognize that “eh!” probably won’t happen while you’re lying in bed scrolling through social media.
  • Enjoy the “eh!” where you find it. It may lurk in activities that you are not accustomed to doing or that don’t obviously track with your sense of who you are and where you’re going. That’s okay.
  • Share the “eh!” If you find yourself in a place where you can move forward, look for ways to pass the momentum along to someone else who needs it, in a socially distanced and epidemiologically sound manner, of course.

Bottom line: don’t compound your “meh” by feeling bad about it. We’re all there, and life won’t feel like this forever.