Authoritarianism’s back is broken — at least until it slithers upwards from the abyss once again — when people have a reason to hope in, strive for, reach towards, something better again. When there is a better offer made to them. One a little fuller of dignity, fairness, safety, freedom, and prosperity. Then and only then. And the great problem in the world right now is that the putative forces of progress, because they do not understand or perhaps even remember history, are not offering much of any of that to them.
Chronicle the rise and fall of the love you just lost with a piece called “Everything Was Beautiful and All Of It Hurt.” Post it privately. Wait for someone to find it and beg you to post it so they can add it to their publication. Watch your follower count jump from 100 to 1,000. Decide maybe it’s time to write again. Stress over every word, every sentence, every paragraph, every transition, every title. Google “How To Gain Followers on Medium.” Take absolutely none of the advice because it’s all written by growth-hacking tech-startup bro-flakes gaming SEO algorithms for pageviews. Watch Thought Catalog reach out to you for posts. Hope one of them absolutely crushes it. Become an alcoholic. Write an unexpectedly popular piece about how that was a really bad idea. Travel from coast to coast collecting life experiences. Get your words from another post weaponized as an inspirational Instagram selfie caption by a young Brazilian woman you do not know, who probably thinks you’re a big deal. Remember that you are not, in fact, a big deal. Keep writing. Stay humble. Thank her for making your day. Post a screenshot for posterity.
Sets you free from the unhealthy reliance on others. There comes a time when you have to tread a new path alone even in the absence of support or encouragement from those around you. Accept that the absence of their validation does not necessarily reflect on the value of the idea. This is often the case if you choose to make a major change in your life.