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.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from living through the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s that trying times bring out the best and the worst in people. We’ve been at this for well over a year now. In that time, I’ve seen some genuinely fantastic behavior from people. I’ve witnessed extra kindness from strangers, people going out of their way to help each other out, and everyone doing whatever they can to get through this as a community.
What I am noticing lately, however, is a severe downward trend in this behavior. Everywhere I look online, I see negative comments about…
I was sitting in the lunchroom at work the other day when I overheard a conversation between several young guys. I didn’t hear what prompted the subject matter, but they were laughing and joking around about breaking their legs. The gist of the conversation was that if they purposely broke a leg, they would garner sympathy from customers and gain so-called “perks” like sitting down on the job. They thought it was a fantastic idea and kept teasing each other about all the good stuff they could get from having a broken leg.
Now, this may seem like harmless fun…
I’ve been dealing with endless cycles of anxiety for years now. It always starts the same way: a thought pops into my head, and it lingers insidiously. I can try to distract myself, but it’s always there niggling at the back of my mind. Before I know it, that thought has spiraled into the worst-case scenario, and my brain convinces me it is going to happen. There is no seeing any other possible outcome.
Which just further perpetuates the cycle.
My brain takes something relatively minor and blows it entirely out of proportion to the point where it starts to…
I have been writing on Medium for a little under a year now. I am not the world’s most consistent writer by any stretch of the imagination. But the whole concept of getting paid to do something that I already love has not lost its appeal in the slightest.
I started all gung-ho last year, writing article after article and relishing the idea of people reading my words. The knowledge that people were reading my thoughts and often responding to them in a positive way was nothing short of thrilling to me. I’ve loved writing for as long as I…
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…
I am a 39-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.