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Sabbatical

What does it mean to take a sabbatical when you’re self-employed?

I suspect the meaning is amorphous and will alternate between clarity and obfuscation both in the moment and with hindsight.

Regardless, a sabbatical is what I’m embarking upon for the foreseeable future.

What that means for this blog isn’t much. After all, my posts have become irregular and will likely remain so, with perhaps a shift in focus and longer moments of digital silence. But what else is new?

This post is mostly for myself. To mark the moment I’ve chosen to pin the beginning of this break from paid work, the transition to domestic concerns and volunteer commitments. And hopefully, with time, sincere reflection that casts light on a potential path toward what will come after. Many possibilities swirl, but I’ve given myself permission not to attempt serious exploration or ordering of them quite yet. What lies immediately ahead requires more of myself than I suspect I’ve ever given over, and I want to be present with that experience before I cast my mind into the uncertain future.

Is that vague enough?

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Self-Awareness, Selfishness, and (No) Shame: Finding a Place in Society

On September 9, NPR’s “All Things Considered” ran a story about a woman who wanted to be a nurse and the challenges she was facing to become one. The story ended with the host saying that this woman was “determined to make a career out of helping people.” This triggered a realization that I am determined not to be ashamed of:

I don’t want to make a career out of helping people.

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