I recently experienced a Significant Life Change. I won’t get into the details, but it was one of those events that made me reevaluate whether my day-to-day life actually reflected my values. (You might remember how my dad’s hospitalization forced me to think critically about health insurance policy for the first time.)
Long story short, I realized that my brief, fabulous stint in Silicon Valley wasn’t as fulfilling as I thought it would be. Of course, I learned a lot and met kind, smart people. But I wasn’t learning how to write well, and I didn’t feel like I was making public education more equitable. None of my personal goals were being realized.
I went home last weekend for Mother’s Day. I made time to have lunch with a dear high school teacher, and I told her about my dilemma. Over grilled cheese sandwiches at our favorite diner, we discussed how our entire lives are spent negotiating space for what feeds us (a job) and what feeds our souls (art, family, activism, etc.). We called this the negotiation of our life percentages: how much time do you want to spend every day on art, or work, or family? And how do these percentages reflect what you find important?
Almost a full year after graduating college, I’m taking this Significant Life Change as an opportunity to decide on my own life percentages and priorities.
So what can you expect? To reflect this slight life reinvention, I’ll be refreshing the site aesthetic. I may also be writing more, and writing a greater variety of posts.
And to whoever you are—dear anonymous you, who somehow found my words in the void of the Internet—thank you for sticking with me from the beginning of this journey.