Are you a podcast listener? I am. Before YouTube was a 'thing', I listened to podcasts, and I still do. I listen mainly when walking, but also, sometimes, when gardening, if I can manage to keep my aged iPod in my pocket! And sometimes I listen with my laptop, as I stitch or knit or quilt.I have a few favourites; one of those is produced by To The Best of Our Knowledge (www.ttbook.org). Yesterday, out walking, I listened to a rebroadcast of a piece that originated back in June 2022. It's entitled, "You're Not Okay -- and That's Okay."
As folks say in the current vernacular: "That really resonated with me."
It started with a yard sign back in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I hope it continues. "It" is this: being vulnerable and brave enough -- in a culture that incessantly pursues happiness -- to say, "I'm not okay." Being vulnerable and brave enough to solicit empathy and connection -- not pity and isolation.
Being raised in the "Keep Calm and Carry On" tradition -- which my DH and I tried to pass on to our kids, with less-than-stellar results -- I'm not very good at letting people know that
- I'm not okay;
- I've not been okay for a long time; and
- I don't expect to every be fully okay this side of heaven.