Agree with you here. Great point. This comes up more with certain acquaintances and people that are in my social/professional circles. They want to “pick my brain” or grab lunch, and frankly, I don’t have time nor interest to. Ghosting works sometimes but nowadays I like being honest, even if it’s uncomfortable, and replying with a no.
Jessica, moving and thought-provoking piece. I would totally encourage those kinds of training sessions for guys, and I’d take the training myself. I want to be an ally and as supportive as possible, and call out bad behavior amongst fellow guys.
I used to go to bars a lot with friends. Although I don’t drink, I’d still want to get a club soda. But when there are other loud bar-folk pushing by to get their orders in, often cutting right in front of you, barking their orders at the bartender, it’s clear: I’m…
Jessica your post caught me at exactly the right time. And I’m certain for all your other readers, too.
Love how you (re)define self-care. I’ve always viewed it as “getting a massage” or reading or time with friends/family or practicing self-compassion. That’s still all well and good. But then there’s also that basic life…
Mark this is one of the best pieces I’ve read on Medium lately. Love your writing/storytelling style and the detail you go into. The metaphors and visual imagery are *kissing chef hands*.
I’m personally interested in writing more comedic nonfiction and this is awesome inspiration.
Looking forward to more of your writing.