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Welcome to the 51th edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This week, my wife took the kids on vacation without me for the first time in ages. I felt bad about it, but I really needed some time alone to recharge my batteries and to do some introspection. Interestingly, as an introvert, never being alone has really been the hardest part of life since the pandemic has started. To make the best of it, I decided to take a few days off. But as a solopreneur, “off” is a foreign concept. It really takes a while to stop thinking about ongoing projects and how to move each of those forward… The feeling of guilt is hard to tame.
But that didn’t last. I found myself doomscrolling multiple hours each day, following the War in Ukraine. Day after day, the situation kept getting worse, and I felt really anxious and stressed.
Slowly though, I realized that I was having a real overdose of (bad) news. I couldn’t help but think about my kids, imagining them having to go through such horrible events.
I wasn’t in the mood for sharing lighter/fun stuff. My thoughts are elsewhere. I’m wondering how long Kiyv will stand, whether the EU and NATO will go further, whether people in Russia will massively rise against their government, whether a real ceasefire will actually take place and let more people get out of harm’s way. I wonder and I’m worried. Worried that we might continue observing Ukraine while it gets completely destroyed by Russians. Worried that the millions who manage to escape will someday have to go back there, only to find ruins. Worried that the tyrant in Moscow might decide to play with his nuclear weapons. Worried about what the future will look like for my kids…
Today, I have (mostly) managed to stop compulsively checking the news and social media. Watching a few movies did help, but it was certainly not easy to disconnect. While I felt glad about having had some time alone, I can’t really say that my batteries are recharged.
Next week I’ll try to resume discussing lighter topics on social media, and return to the usual format of this newsletter. My thoughts will still be with the Ukrainians, and I’ll continue trying to help them with the means at my disposal, but I don’t want to let everyone down.