I have a lot of trouble finding the line between putting my time into helping others and spending the time I need to take care of myself.
Last night, I co-managed and chaperoned our high-school’s yearly code-a-thon. It’s an overnite lock in where mostly students come, interact with each other outside of a class setting, and maybe associate that with programming being a cool thing at some point.
I do the work because it’ important to me and, I think, the world. I strongly believe that we all – and especially kids – need more positive unstructured play than anyone in power is willing to admit, and anything I can do to move that ball down the field a little fills me with a sense of purpose.
I’m glad I did it, and coming out of it I have a deeper understanding of my individual students and a slightly better understanding what Play looks like in 2018.
I came home and slept for an hour, hung out with my wife, and then slept for another two hours. I was trying to decide whether or not to go with her to a Roller Derby match so I could get more comfortable before I call a full derby match next month for her team.
And then I read the now-locked thread on whether on not it’s OK to be selfish.
I was sad to see that conversation degenerate, because I think it’s one of the most important conversations we can be having right now. In addition, I think Waypoint’s dual focus on play and social good make this an amazing potential forum for that conversation.
The thread was locked, justifiably imo, because it did not provide enough context for the conversation. This is my attempt to approach it from a more collaborative/constructive angle:
How do we care enough for ourselves to do the good work? How can we help each other find the line between self-care and self-indulgence?