I’m writing this from a chair next to an open window. The sky outside is blue, barely streaked with clouds. The nearby birds are lively and the air is fresh. I spent the long weekend in good company. As May shifts into June, it’s peaceful here.
Elsewhere, though, it’s been a chaotic month. I mentioned in January that it can be hard to reconcile difficult, world-changing events with ordinary life. When the Manchester attack happened, it felt wrong to focus on anything else. But intense observation seemed wrong too. Within minutes and during the hours that followed, tragic losses were turned into content. Circumstances no family would ever wish for were shared over and over again.
Whilst I have been moved by local generosity and community spirit in the city, broader coverage has made me question how distant onlookers react to such events. These tweets feel appropriate:
We show our solidarity by respectful distance as much as engagement–especially when it’s just news gluttony, not actual help.
— Katherine Firth (@katrinafee) May 23, 2017
Does it need to be said?
Does it need to be said now?
Does it need to be said now by me?
— David Morgan (@thisisdavid) May 22, 2017
In such times, quiet support can often be the best course of action.
The same can’t be said for the UK General Election, which is quickly approaching. My online feeds and offline conversations are currently fuelled by a mix of uncertainty and frustration, with a side of optimism. It’s exciting to see people voicing questions, sharing ideas and demanding more from candidates, but change will only happen if we turn up on 8th June. If you’re eligible to vote, please do.
What I’ve been reading:
- Small Great Things
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- Start Right Now, Ready or Not
- A New Report Shows 9-5 Working Could Be on the Way Out
- Lena Dunham on Why She’s Taking a Break to Heal
What I’ve been listening to:
- The Moth Radio Hour: Mother’s Day Special 2017
- Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Resilience – HBR Ideacast
- Difficult Conversations with Dawn O’Porter – The Guilty Feminist Podcast
- Sali Hughes: Saying No & Keeping Your Integrity – Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast
- Mad World: Matt Haig
- Lorde. I’m still dancing to Green Light and love Liability.
What I’ve been watching: