Honor the Silly
As I write this post, I’m acutely aware of the fullness of my everyday life. This week feels like it is going to kick my ass, and it’s only Tuesday. Opening my calendar to see what lies ahead, I see that each and every hour between 8am and 6pm (and sometimes until 8pm) is scheduled with a meeting, a class, an interview, a job talk, or something else. Thankfully, I know that this week is a particularly busy one that has a number of time-sensitive activities that will pass. But, I also know the reality of my work, and that other tasks and issues will fill the holes in my schedule. Life is busy.
I’m also aware that much of the work I do carries a certain heaviness with it. Some of you know that my research is focused on working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. I am honored and privileged to work with these amazing and resilient women. And I’m thrilled to be gearing up to launch a new project for survivors using Brené Brown’s Connections program. At the same time, meeting with each woman, and hearing and holding their stories can be intense. It’s important to recognize that this is an area of work requiring a great deal of self-care. Fortunately, photography and writing helps me unwind and take care of myself. And here’s where the silly comes in.
I’m not alone in the busyness of my life. I know that most of you reading this are also full to the brim with to-dos, and are hoping to just get through each day and maybe have a chance to come up for air. I also know that I’m not alone in carrying an emotionally heavy load. We all have difficulties, struggles, and worries that weigh on our hearts and minds. But as serious as our day-to-day lives are, I think we need to make room for the silly. The whimsy. The goofiness. We need to shake it out and make space in our lives for fun. For polka dots and stripes. For a moment to not take it all so seriously.
Let’s honor the silly.
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