Keeping the core running

In April of 2020, CGP Gray posted the following video:

It’s been in the back of my mind ever since. And I mean way back, way way back, behind the stress of the pandemic and the work angst and the political angst and…

Well, let’s just say that I’ve had a lot of reasons to spend more time snacking than necessary, and so has everyone else.

Over the past few weeks, though, and I’m not sure why, something’s changed. My sleep, while not enough, is at least on a schedule. So is my exercise, and I have finally carved out a space to do that exercise. My creative and work space is somewhere I leave on a schedule (something I was horrible about last April), and, well, my couch is still my couch.

I bring this all up now, nine months after the video went up, because it’s working for me. Not perfectly, not all the time, but enough. And we’re nine months into a pandemic with probably at least nine months left. (I’m a relatively healthy individual under age 65, which literally puts me in line after every other member of my family.)

If you’re looking in a nudge toward getting out of this thing better than you started, and you haven’t watched Gray’s video, I encourage you to do so. Then, let it sit in the back of your mind for a while, and see what happens.

And remember, you’re the only you we’ve got, so you’re important to the rest of us.

Author: Anne Gibson

anne gibson is a Senior Staff Product Designer and General Troublemaker working on design systems from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She's an editor and writer at The Interconnected. She is also published at A List Apart and The Pastry Box, and publishes short fiction when she's not persuading the terriers to stop wrecking things. (The terriers are winning.)