Zoom is a real one for having the function of mirroring your video. But it has made me become too complacent...

Vaccines are being distributed. A new year has begun. Even if we really shouldn’t have hope yet, hybrid classes are making us feel like a future is coming where we’ll actually be seeing other people in person.

As horrible as the pandemic has been, though, there has been one shining light through the darkness: being able to mirror your video on Zoom! Nobody knows what you really look like face to face––not even you. But as the world moves forward, there will come a day where we have to face reality… a reality without a mirroring effect. After spending months in classes with your face mirrored, there comes a time when you have to contend with the you that lies beyond your reflection.

So, graciously, here are some tips on how to cope with your true, non-inverted self:

Wear large, decorative glasses. Especially with masks, glasses take up most of your face, so there’s not really much face left for someone from class to notice that you don’t look exactly like you did over Zoom. Extra points if a flamingo is involved.

Learn how to walk on your hands. I know, this one takes a little bit more effort, but by being upside down, your face is essentially mirrored! You just have to be careful not to get your hands stepped on by strangers. Or hand-walk on a rat.

Create a hat contraption that will hold a glass of water in front of your face at all times. This one might be kinda heavy, but water refraction can invert what is behind the glass. Plus, if you’re in doubt, you can always just throw the glass of water at your friend and run away while they’re still in shock.

Last, but not least… unclick “mirror my video” on Zoom now. I know! It will be painful to see your head move opposite to what you expect. But at least you’ll get used to the face that other people see when they look at you. And that face will always be enough.

handstand via Pixabay