The balance between oversharing and pulling back from sharing publicly

I’ve been posting a lot less here in the last few years. When I look back at when I was posting here the most between 2014 & 2016, I was posting about all sorts of stuff with some regularity.

These days, I’m a busier guy for sure. That’s definitely playing a part. However, I’ve also been hesitant to post about some things which I definitely wasn’t shy to post about 5 years ago. It’s not that I have less to say because God only knows there’s been so much to talk about in just this year alone. There’s a lot on my mind and maybe I’ll get back into the habit of posting again because I find the writing cathartic.

Some of the things that have been on my mind in the recent past which maybe I’ll get around to writing about some day:

  • The death of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain and the countless others who have died been murdered by the police, the ensuing social upheaval and soul-searching, and the disgusting manner in which our President and various leaders have handled it
  • Our (USA’s) ridiculous response to COVID-19, both from our leaders and large sections of society
  • How I’ve been torn between trying to love people on the other side of the political spectrum where they are and just writing them off as people who clearly have such impaired judgment in my mind that I can’t even entertain their thoughts
  • The good and the bad to come out of 2020. On the one hand, 2020, and I need say no more, but on the other hand, I’ve picked up some new skills, I’ve started lifting at the gym and lost 30 lbs, we’ve dropped a lot of control and picked up a lot of grace and flexibility, and I’ve been spending more quality time with my family and remembering what really matters in life
  • The crisis of climate change
  • What I learned in reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi (especially since we did so in a book club, which I had never done before, and because I literally do not read books)
  • The Democratic Primaries, there selection of Joe Biden (eugh) and Kamala Harris for the presidential race and the impending unavoidable election in November
  • Our continued overuse of plastics and the urgent need to find alternatives
  • How different our workplaces are going to look in the wake of COVID
  • My new hobbies and skills that I’ve picked up in quarantine (such as woodworking and gardening)

For now, I’m going to try and eke out what’s left of summer, because it’s been a glorious one here in Portland and I don’t want it to end

By Dave

Dave is the proud father of Ellie and Jack. There's nothing that makes him happier than spending time with his incredible wife and their amazing children. He's a civil/mechanical engineer and he also builds and maintains WordPress websites.

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