Limbo

I’ve been “home” now for a little over a week, and it feels a little like Limbo. There are some real challenges of daily life, of course. Like most expats, we’re in a catch 22 situation: the paperwork we need is contingent on providing the paperwork we don’t yet have, for which we’ll need the paperwork we’re seeking. I’m still fresh enough at this that I believe it’ll work out. We have savings, and a roof over our heads courtesy of my in-laws. The kids are in school and happy. What more do I need?

And that’s exactly how I’m enjoying this moment in life: I’m doing things I haven’t done in a while and I probably won’t get to do again for a while. I’m dropping off and picking up my kids every day at school. I’m learning to spend time with them without being too tired or too wound-up to enjoy it. I’m spending more time with my wife than I have in a long time – and we get to talk about the future and what we want to do with it. I’m actually thinking of setting out on my own, with all the implications about hard work, failure, risk – but also rewards and frankly, not being at the mercy of the psychopathic bosses I’ve had lately. 

This is a surreal moment in my life. A bit dangerously so, because it’s (too) confortable to imagine it will last forever. But I’m planning to enjoy it to the hilt. 

 

We could call it curation …

The word “curation” created a brouhaha this year. Most people who are less pedantic and have less time on their hands call it “sharing”. Whatever. What matters to me is the time, effort and care you put into creating something that is of value to me.

Build an encyclopaedia, show me links every day, draw awesome art, take pictures, develop an app I use every day, write the best book of the year … just do it.

The problem we do have is fragmented platforms. Once your done tweeting, sharing, curating, developing, blogging, tumbling, facebooking … you are quite literally all over the web, and it can be hard to find yourself, and others.

You can call it the death of blogging if you want pageviews. Or you can start doing something about it quietly. And, if you’re a well known designer who’s really good at figuring things out, you can write somethingthat’ll make me think and redo my whole blog. Yous could even call it “self-curation”…