Friday, June 5, 2020

Friday Five @ 5

1. I know a lot of us have read Glennon Doyle's Untamed in recent months. I went back and read her chapter called "Racists" a couple of times this week. It urges readers to look inside and see how we are contributing to racism. For me, it planted the seed of knowing that just not being racist isn't enough, I need to be anti-racist. I talked to a few smart people about this and How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi was recommended to me during each conversation. It is on backorder most everywhere, I'm lucky a friend has offered to lend it to me. I am also lucky that I may get to meet her new dog when I go pick it up.

2. While you're looking for books to read, might I also recommend essayist Samantha Irby's Wow, No Thank You. Do not read it while eating or drinking anything because you will be laughing so hard you'll spit it right out. I had to put it down last night because I was laughing so hard I felt I was actually disturbing Doug.

3. You deserve a heart-shaped sponge. I love this thing. Super gentle, I like it for my morning cleanse, especially if I've worked out. You also deserve a nice minty soap to wake-up with and a lavender one for right before you sleep. Loving these soaps from Organic Bath Co.

4. I've been feeling weird about social media this week. I use social media a FAIR amount and I enjoy it enough, but I struggle to use it for anything all that real. It sort of feels like a toy I play with on my phone when I'm bored. Most of what I post these days is fluff. "Here is my breakfast, here is my dinner, I rode the bike and it was good, I love this restaurant, I like this shampoo." Those things aren't lies, but they aren't ME. Whenever I've had anything particularly shitty happen to me I don't love sharing it on social media right away or at all. Whenever I've had anything particularly good happen to me I feel protective of it initially and then share it. (This excluded my actual wedding which I shared profusely, but mostly because no one could go to it due to Covid.) Something about social media feels a bit fake to me, at least in the way that I tend to use it. I know I'm not really myself on there. I'm making an effort right now to immerse myself in thinking about what is going on and has been going on for so long in our country and figure out how I can make changes within myself so that I can contribute to changes in my community. I think I feel strange on social media because I'm not 100% myself on there and for me it's important to be 100% myself while trying to do introspective work and learn important things. That said, no judgement towards people who do find value on FB and the Gram right now. There is MUCH to be learned and social media does provide a space to connect and share especially during this time of Covid where we aren't all that regularly interacting with each other in person. Maybe how I use social media is part of my work on myself. This paragraph isn't going to have a conclusion, so I'm just ending it here.

5. What are you up to this weekend? I am hoping for a couple of Zoom catch-ups with friends and family and the afore mentioned book retrieval/possible dog meet and greet. Also heading to one of the Trustees of Reservations properties bright and early on Sunday morning for some time outside. For an hour. Wearing all the bug spray and sunblock and a mask. Sending love to anyone reading this, take care.

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