Social media feeds can curate our lives in a way that we are really only seeing the most lively, eventful moments in other people’s day-to-day. When people see me in person, they tend to comment on how busy I am. And while it’s true that this has been a very full year, the truth is there are lulls and moments where there isn’t anything Insta-worthy. Here’s what you’re not seeing.
the days when, no matter what I try, I can’t quite seem to churn much writing out
the days filled with responding to emails and admin work
the days of grantwriting
the days I’m sick
the days of self-doubt and wondering again whether I have what it takes (even though I’ve gone through this rigamarole time and time again)
the days when I feel like I have nothing to say, post, contribute
the days I feel overwhelmed by the sadness and horrors in the world
the days when I’m just tempted to play video games instead
I guess I put this here to remind myself that social media is a version of storytelling, where we really only get the highlights. But these normal, tough, boring, less attractive days are as much a part of my writing journey as the successes and triumphs. Keep on keeping on, I guess?