My oh my, blog, it has been far too long.
I was in a weird sort of funk last week. Work was crazy (yes, I realize this is becoming an annoying battlecry of sorts for me, but it couldn’t be more true) and after work I seemed to have a hard time stringing a whole thought together, let alone a coherent blog post. I mostly just laid on the couch watching SVU, eating guac and musing about how much we need to get a DVR (but really).
On the blogging and social media front, for the first time in a LONG time, I felt as though I may have run out of things to say.
You see, I’m happy. Really happy. Happier than I have been for quite some time. My social life is extremely gratifying, work is great, my living situation is stellar, and financially, I’m feeling relatively secure.
So why the silence?
To be truthful, I feel like kind of a jerk just for typing that paragraph (and the blog posts/tweets I’ve drafted in my brain with a very similar sentiment)… so much of everything I read in pop culture is telling me that at 23, I’m not supposed to feel this way – I’m supposed to be some haughty millennial, struggling my way through my twenties. Or if I do feel “content,” then I should be uprooting myself, going on an adventure across the globe, finding a new job or starting my own company.
Every Buzzfeed list with 20-something in the title, movie with a 20-something as the lead, article on Thought Catalog, episode of TV… they’re all fueling this stereotype of my peers and I.
For a lot of us, that stereotype is total and complete bullshit.
Not all 20-somethings are miserable, underachieving dreamers pinching pennies or selling their souls to a corporate demon. There are twenty-somethings (I’d wager to say quite a few of them) that are financially sound and working jobs they enjoy and loving the life they’re living. I’m proof. And honestly, though I can’t speak for them for sure, a lot of my friends seem to be as well.
There is no age or station in life I’d rather be right now. And that, my friends, is saying a lot.
So I suppose this is me offering up a dissenting (and I hope, refreshing) perception of a 20-something. Do I have everything figured out? Absolutely not. Is my shit all together all the time? HELL NO (is anybody’s shit actually ever together?No.). But hey, I’m happy.
And with that thought, the silence on the web will cease. I will be tweeting my happy little heart out, blogging about whatever strikes my fancy and using the word “Bazinga” at all the wrong (or totally right) times. Because hey, I’m a happy 20-something.
On Blogging + Balance
The act of not blogging this past week was weird for me – I’ve been pouring my heart out in this online space for about 10 months now and I have really grown to love it. There’s an odd creative/emotional release that is extremely gratifying and blogging gets me there, almost every time. Yes, it’s time-consuming. Yes, there are lots of other ways I could spend my time. But MAN, my eyes have been opened by online journaling and sharing. A whole week of not doing it made me realize even more how much I enjoy it.
However, simply put, work is draining my brain power lately. So I’m trying now to figure out the right balance between time spent online (work + blogging + reading) and time spent on an analog lifestyle (ya know, without technology and glowing screens – reading real books, exercising and being outside). I’m hoping October brings a bunch of super insightful, useful and interesting blog posts, but I can make no promises, other than do what feels right.
Because that’s what it always comes down to, doesn’t it? Listening to our bodies, deciphering our thoughts and doing the things that keep that feel good vibe alive.
Tomorrow is the first day of my favorite month of the year. I have so much to look forward to and seriously cannot wait to work my ass off, embrace the season, see the people I love, celebrate and just wholeheartedly lap up life. Who’s with me?!
How do you find balance when life seems to be flying by too fast?