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Let the boat tip over
“The whale is under all of us. We see it. You are not imagining monsters, and you are not just a little tired. We are oarless and adrift, and the barnacle-starred vast flank of every way we’ve gritted our teeth into an approximate smile this last year is rising.
I really think we need to let it tip the boat over.
Fighting this is, I think, not one of our options. I suspect we need to take out our calendars and cross off approximately 80% of the things we tell ourselves we have to do and make a plan to dedicate a lot of that time to hiding in the closet sitting on our shoes, crying, and eating the box of emergency cookies we have concealed from our children in the dark to recover.”
Eva Foster, “The COVID Wall And What’s Next”, from Head Thoughts
I felt every bit of this piece so deeply that I have no well-thought-out reflections on it, other than to go read it and let it sink in. We’ve all been trying so hard to keep it together for almost a year now. Maybe it’s okay to not keep it together for a while.
Along those lines, as I navigate responsibilities that are must-dos and ones that are more forgiving, I’ll be sharing some “best of” reflections over the next week or so while I try and reset my creative brain and find some space for more reading and reflecting. I hope you will have a chance to do the same.
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