While some of you might consider this "just another newsletter" in your inbox, I don't think of it that way.
It's funny to look back on it now, but I originally had no desire to even write this newsletter when I was first "voluntold" for the assignment about two years ago. Now, I can't imagine my life without it.
In that time, I've gone through so many changes personally and professionally — growing in my career,baby's first keynote, buying a house, getting a divorce, deciding virtually overnight tostart my life over in a new statein a small one-bedroom apartment, and so on —and you all have been the one constant.
Which is why lying to you about how I'm feeling right now — and putting on a happy face — is not an option. Because I do not feel great.
Now, as I write this to you, I find myself in a state of mental disarray, the likes of which I've never experienced.
Over the past week, I've spent countless hours talking with loved ones, crying, listening to friends, and grieving. Then, that grief inevitably deepened, because my pain is nothing compared to what others around me have endured.
And in those moments when I haven't been consumed by anger or sadness, I've been working. I somehow feel like I could sleep for a week, but also not sleep for four days straight.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, I think a lot of us are feeling this way right now. But someone told me something last night that has really stuck with me —"It's OK to not be OK."
Yes, we still need to get up in the morning and put one foot in front of the other. Yes, it can sometimes feel as if the world is on fire, but I also know when I show up to work virtually each day, I need to give my best 40+ hours possible. I owe that much to my IMPACT family and to myself.
Still, it's OK to be a human being. A human who breaks. Who cries. Who curses the world and rages. I do not need to be a superhuman, unaffected by current events or emotional turmoil.
So, I'll say it one more time — it's OK to not be OK. Take care of yourselves and each other. And if you need to blow off some steam or just have a place to put your words, my inbox is always open.
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