Where I've been, and what I've been (not) doing.
Jeremy, the thing I've always appreciated about your writing, is that you say what alot of us are thinking, but don't put down in written form. I am nowhere close to being as exceptional a writer as you are, but your words inspire me to do better. As J Isenhower said in his comment, "your written word is worth waiting for".
Thanks for sharing this. I can relate. Was never a journalist, but have been in communications for close to 30 years, and I feel your state of mind. I'd love to completely unplug from the noise, but just can't. The key is to do it in a way that doesn't detract from what's really important... And if you figure out how to completely do that, let us know. Take care of yourself first. We'll be here when you're ready!
Take your time. Your written word is worth waiting for.
Life itsownself intervenes. As it does.
Step back. Listen to the music. See the eye color of those you are with. Count your breaths. Sleep well.
Wheee. I was worried at first that you were gonna stop the rabbit hole blog. Sigh of relief that we will still hear from you. Gosh you summed up the social media experience so well- I’m not a writer but ask myself similar questions. Which brings me to my real point- I love your writing because I can FEEL it. And it resonates what I may have felt before. Keep on Jeremy. You have a talent. But be sure to treat your self kindly and preserve strength for you.
Hmm, Jeremy sounds discouraged. This probably isn't the time to point out that it's "all for naught." Not not. But then again, typing "not not" is too much fun. ("Not not." "Who's there?" Purvis.)
Let me first say that I love this newsletter. It's human, fun, fast, patient, thoughtful and more. It puts into words what many think, but still somehow doesn't feel trite or pedantic or preachy (i.e. you describing the exhaustion that comes with constantly being plugged in). It teaches me a lot about North Carolina, too, the place I grew up in and love but (clearly) don't know nearly enough about. Anyway, thanks for all of this!!
Real reason for my comment: I'm a current resident in Charlotte and clicked on a link and read another one of your blog posts within this one (about the Penguin sign). And this excerpt hit different. Just wanted to say well done...
"To paraphrase local historian Tom Hanchett, the city’s always had a little more money than it did the year before, and can afford to tear down its history before it gets old. When it does, it leaves folks grasping at the totems of what used to be. Charlotte’s still walking around with some keys to cars that it no longer owns. Over time, they have to come off of the keychain to make room for something else."