On Death, Grief and My Mental Health

Content Warning – This post talks about heavy topics like death, grief, burnout and mental health.

Anyone who’s gotten over a heartbreak or a bereavement knows that there aren’t five stages of grief you pass through like they were five whistlestop towns on the train route. You are more this way one day and more that way the other, looping and regressing, and maybe building reconciliation or acceptance like a log cabin while living in sorrow, rather than sliding into it like you were stealing third base.

Rebecca Solnit, Slow Change Can Be Radical Change

H/T to Kottke for sharing this on his blog.

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2023 Reflections and 2024 Resolutions

Here we are at the end of another year. As is increasingly the case for me, this time of year I find myself reflecting on the past twelve months and setting large somewhat ambiguous goals for the upcoming twelve months. Last year’s post on this matter was titled Finding Focus.

This year I opted to go for a more functional title. I still managed to sneak in a bit of alliteration. Reflections and Resolutions has a nice ring to it. Let’s get into it.

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Finding Focus

The end of the year approaches and with it comes a desire to take stock of what happened over the year. At least for me. Mainly, I have been thinking about the personal goals I set for myself and how all of those have progressed (or haven’t) and why.

To start, these are the personal goals I set for myself in 2022:

  • Read more, and specifically read fiction books.
  • Improve my physical fitness by way of regular exercise.
  • Have dating be a part of my life.
  • Write more long form pieces.

With those goals outlined I am going to break down the details of each one.

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