All (gestures at 2020) this.

Originally published on Facebook June 26, 2020.

I am a relentlessly optimistic person. I believe that with hard work and direct, open conversations and actions, most of the goals we as a species can happen.

My feed right now is full of articles about fascist, bullying cops, selfish people refusing to wear masks or even believe in the Covid as US cases soar, Russian and Chinese aggression, oppression of BIPOC and LGBTQIAA+ people, ongoing mistreatment of immigrant children in concentration camps, outright derision in the SCA at the concept of making moderate changes to be more welcoming and inclusive, and the ongoing destruction of the US Government as a force for freedom and human rights.

Also, my kids are definitely struggling, and I feel bad that I’m not better with them about it.

And for just a few seconds, I just sat at my desk and put my head in my hands and stopped holding the despair at bay. I fucking wallowed in it. Five seconds. Ten. Twenty.

And then I took a deep breath and picked up my head and I’m ready to keep fighting for the world I believe in.

What’s my point?

It’s ok to take a break. Even if it’s just for a few seconds, even if it’s for days and weeks. We have a long way to go, and we need everyone to be doing the best they can.

Love y’all.

Now, listen to this Gen-X song and pretend that it’s Zygmunt Nadratowski. (I am not sure that’s NOT Zygmunt Nadratowski. He’s older than me.  )

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PZxhOtO01g](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PZxhOtO01g)