Hey multipotentialite friends,
I don’t even know how to write this. I don’t know what I want to say, really.
I’ll just start with how I’ve been feeling:
Disconnected. And scared.
I miss writing to you about my life, and hearing from you about yours. I’ve been so busy writing a book (which I hope will help millions of you when it comes out in the spring) that I haven’t had time to say hello via our usual channels: blog posts and emails. My newsletters used to be so personal, and I miss that.
I’ve also been distracted by the state of the U.S. and of the world.
Some of us were surprised by Donald Trump’s election. For others, it was just a reiteration of the inequity that is status quo in this country. I’m not a member of the most vulnerable groups—not even close—but I am not not vulnerable either. And this has been a wakeup call. The other night, my wife and I had the following exchange:
Valerie: If things get really bad… I just worry about you.
Emilie (genuinely confused): You mean, because I’m Jewish?
Valerie: No. Because you look so gay.
That made me laugh a lot. It also reminded me that shit is getting real (for some it has already gotten bad). And that my enthusiasm and charisma might not save me in the face of the kind of bigotry that’s been emboldened by this political climate… I am feeling terrified for myself, for my friends of color, for the members of my family who are immigrants, for all my queers and gender nonconforming folks…the list goes on.
How are you feeling? I know many of you are probably scared, too. And maybe a little distracted? I hear that. I know it’s been hard for me to get anything done.
In the midst of feeling shocked and stuck and helpless, I’m making a little promise to you, my multipod community. Now that I’ve finished writing my book, I am recommitting to being in touch and to keeping it real on screen and in my real life. Everyone showing up and coming together is our best hope, now.
Neil and Jo are super awesome writers, but I’ll be writing more blog posts myself. I’ll be pushing myself to get honest in my newsletters. And I’ll continue to read all of your comments and emails. (Unfortunately, I can’t commit to replying to them all because there are just too many. But I do read everything you send me and I’ll keep doing that.)
If you’re having a hard time, know that you aren’t alone. I wish I had more answers, but I do know that there is power in connection and honesty. Keep in touch, be brave, give what you can to causes you believe in and take care of each other.
Your pal and fellow multipotentialite,
How are you doing? What have you been up to lately? I would love to hear your news in the comments below.