I enjoyed this piece so much. You hit the nail on the head over and over so much that there is a hole in the table. We strive fr success and happiness and control all as a means to reach some kind of pinnacle that keeps getting farther and furthering away. We’re all trying to GET somewhere without pausing to think why we are trying to go there, what we are doing to go there, and how much we pass by when we are focused on an endless stream of positivity and productivity. Well done, well written, my friend.

You hit the nail on the head here. Everything is hard, everything is suffering. Or maybe... it's just a choice? A neutral one. There is drama in every decision/removal; there doesn't have to be.

I have been feeling this myself a lot as of late. Every time I publish a new performance or piece oof writing I've made, I wait and wait for the validation. I noticed this. And even when I do get it, it is never enough. There was one evening I even cried at all the art I haven't been able to share or discuss in person with people. I keep using my publishing of art as a crutch of sorts.

You’re so right. Toxic positivity is one concept I’ve really learned to recognize and understand very well in this pandemic. We need to give ourselves time and space to feel negativity, to cry, to be angry, to be sad, to be despondent. We can’t be positive productivity machines all the time. We are only human!

I can relate to this so much. I too have run on my Google Calendar and control of my schedule for a long time now, and the pandemic just made this more prevalent in my life. My little shiny medals of achievement have kept me going through this bleak and seemingly endless time of little control. Well done, well phrased.

I really love this breakdown of app usage. We often discuss it and talk about it in day to day and theory, but this very real analysis of your app usage through the week is a powerful testament to technology’s imbued state in our lives.

Danielle Levsky’s “Identity Diaspora”

With my family, community and my own rich experiences in mind, I’ll be focusing on creating a collection of essays over the next year.

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