@justindirose, My journey certainly runs along similar lines. Life in 2019 and the first couple months of 2020 was humming along on a certain course. I don’t know if it was the right course but it was full steam ahead. The first couple weeks of lockdown in my area was shocking. I didn’t know what to do. Didn’t know if the income would come in now that all but essential workers stayed home.
It was the first step in a new life. While my friends who worked in essential fields stayed busy, I was “stuck.” I couldn’t go anywhere. What I thought I wanted was no longer important. What I thought I needed was no longer needed. I couldn’t open up the office and entertain customers. I had lost a lot of my own drive that kept life going. I also lost some of my drive to write here on the Discourse. My inbox still overflows with half-written posts and blog article ideas waiting to be completed. I’ve started and ended productivity experiments searching for elusive answers.
As life started to return to semi-normal, the new world has meant that a lot of responsibilities have shifted or been dropped. Targets, dreams, and goals have shifted. It was dizzying at first but I think I’m slowly getting my sense of True North back.
I can understand that the podcast, YouTube channel, and blog posts can be taxing. Put that on top of family responsibilities, the day job, and personal well-being can be asking a lot. I was impressed with that fount of energy that you had inside to keep it going.
The need to re-balance and figure things out is a real thing. Blogging, podcasting, and streaming has no seasons. It’s a year round thing. I’ve seen more podcasts starting and ending on a season now. It gives the creators time to recharge and start up again. I hope you’ll check back in a few months to see where you are and set a direction.
Since the pandemic, my Ulysses blog writing ideas folder has been accumulating. I just didn’t have the desire to polish them. I think it might be time for me to share that folder to everyone. I enjoyed sharing my experiments with the members of the ERW community. I do miss that. I think I’ll start grabbing a random idea from my Ulysses writing folder and give it a bit of a polish to send here.
Life is an interesting journey . We don’t know where we’re going but we can enjoy the ride. Every once in a while, we’ll steer in a certain direction and find our True North. True North will always change. My True North definitely changed in the middle of the pandemic but I’m enjoying the journey.
We’ll see you when you get back!