I had an experience recently that I've been mulling over and wasn't sure if I wanted to blog. Then I (finally!) had time to read this post by Mrs. G. not long after I read this article a friend shared on Facebook.
It seemed a little bit like the universe saying "you write about what happens to you and it happend to you, so what's up?"
To which I responded, "good point."
I'm going to paint in pretty broad strokes here; the gist is that I was recently told that a collective of people--none of whom know me in real life, and whose names I still don't know--were "gravely concerned" with and conversing at length about my "manic" online presence and therefore my mental health.
I've had time to process both the exchange and my reaction to and thoughts about it. I've been able to run the scenario by some people I really admire and trust.
In the end, I've decided that whatever and whomever the amorphous "concerns" are, they nothing to do with me and I choose to not let it take up real estate in my brain. I'm calling that a win for maturity. I control the way I feel, I don't let somebody else do it.
The fact that I am a high-energy person who moves fast and covers lots of ground is not a liability to me. Nor is it to most people I live, work, play and advocate with both IRL and in the online circles in which I travel.
What I do have to ponder is why I let this knock me off my rhythm and I must admit it has. Things tend to happen in our lives for a reason, though, and I've had some positives come from this--that's what I choose to focus on.
I will busier than normal for the next few weeks--I am rewriting curriculum at work, my program is expanding and I get to have someone I really enjoy working with (I dig working with guys--straightforward is their m.o. and that's mine as well. I have no time for veiled communication--too much to get done) on my team for the foreseeable future. Danger Boy and Social Butterfly come home in a week. I have a friend and her family coming to stay to go through the UCSD program. I am really enjoying writing my blog for UCSD and spending more time on Twitter. Been working the #truthinads hashtag pretty hard, as well as #MAEDvocate and #IEDAction. I lurve social media as a tool for activism.
I took a trip to Flagstaff last weekend with my friend Michele and her daughter Iris (10) to visit Social Butterfly and visit a college campus. Our plans went a little cattywampus due to snow--a lot of snow to me! Iris was dazzled by the snowfall and that was pretty amazing. Cards were played and fun was had and a wonderful MartAnn's breakfast was eaten. Of course, we drove a lot (learn from me: if you play Pandora for 15 hours through the desert you will lose virtually all your data for the month. Oy!).
Oh, yeah, this happened.