I have seen several people compile all of their Medium stories into a Table of Contents or Index, and it seemed like a great idea. I decided to follow suit.
All of my articles are organized by topic below to make it easier to find the pieces that might interest you.
I will update this Index as I post new articles.
They ask, “Are you okay?”
And what they want to hear is, “I’m fine.”
But I’m not “fine.”
None of us are fine.
We are not okay.
It’s been over a year now.
Stress, anxiety, fear, worry, exhaustion -
It’s a constant, vicious, never-ending cycle.
It feels like there’s no escape.
We are not okay.
So when they ask how I’m doing, I say, “I’m hanging in there.”
To pretend I’m fine would be a lie.
My coworkers are right there with me -
We are all at the end of our ropes.
We are not okay.
How much longer…
Sometimes I feel utterly lost.
Like I’m just floating through life without a purpose.
I strive to be a good person, but am I accomplishing this goal?
Sometimes I wonder.
I feel like the world is unbelievably vast, and I’m just an insignificant blip on the radar.
But I’m still trying.
Trying to discover what I want.
Trying to discover what I need.
Trying to discern who I am.
All I know is that I’m tired.
Tired of choosing negativity and seeing the dark side of things everywhere I look.
It’s time to shake things up a little. …
It’s hard to fathom that we have officially hit the first anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. In some ways, this past year flew by in a blink. In others, it has felt like walking through an endless sea of quicksand with no escape in sight.
So what have we learned over the last year? How have we changed and grown as human beings?
This is my story.
I vividly remember the last normal thing I did before the pandemic hit. I was on vacation in Las Vegas, attending a convention for one of my favorite tv shows. There were mutterings…
For many years now, I have been a self-checkout attendant at a grocery store. I get tremendous satisfaction from helping people and teaching them how to master the art of self-checkout if they are newcomers. There is a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never checked yourself out before — practice makes perfect and all that.
However, sometimes I have to shake my head at people and wonder, “what are you thinking?”
Allow me to present ten amusing misconceptions that customers demonstrate rather frequently:
This one always amuses me. Our self-checkout machines have a rather large bagging area with…
“Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow.” ~ James A. Michener
The definition of procrastination is “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.” Generally, we think of procrastinating as avoiding unpleasant tasks, but do you ever find yourself putting off doing things you honestly enjoy?
If there is one thing living through a global pandemic has taught me over the last year, it’s that you have to take joy where you can find it, as often as you can find…
When it comes to voicing complaints about the current state of my body, I have lost track of the number of times I’ve heard, “you’re young, wait until you’re my age” — as if being young is somehow a magical cure-all. As someone who lives with chronic back pain, I find it incredibly frustrating when people continuously dismiss my concerns based on some arbitrary stereotype which dictates that being young means I can’t have any health issues.
For the record, this is categorically untrue. I can assure you that being young is not a get-out-of-pain-free card. If only it were…
I’ve been taking the city bus to work every day for well over a decade. Now, I don’t know about the public transit where you live, but the bus rides here can get pretty adventurous sometimes. You never know what kind of people you’re going to encounter along the way. Hence I always come armed with headphones AND a book to read. I give off prominent “leave me alone!” vibes. But apparently, some people are a little slow on the uptake. I decided to clarify some things for the guys out there who can’t seem to take a hint …
The year 2020 was certainly full of unexpected hardships. No one could have predicted the challenges we would face trying to navigate a global pandemic for most of the year. While it would be easy to focus solely on the last year’s negative aspects, I’m choosing to take a different route. As we approached the end of this horrid year, I decided to focus on the positive side.
Here are some of the good things I experienced in 2020:
Back in early March, I took a trip to Las Vegas with my mother. We spent a week vacationing, then reunited…
Growing up, Christmas was always my favorite time of year. The decorations, the songs, the Christmas movies. I loved all of it. I especially loved our family’s Christmas traditions and picking out the perfect presents for the people I loved. Christmas was never about getting gifts for me. It was always about giving.
However, years of working in retail slowly but surely killed my passion for Christmas music. You can only hear the same songs on an endless loop for so long before you want to rip your ears off just to make it stop. …
I am a 38 year old dreamer who is living with Scoliosis. I’m an avid reader and a total nerd at heart. I like to share my thoughts on things.