So much on my radar this week (besides the inauguration). Whittling it down to a Top 10 was challenging.
But I did it! And based on my observations, I’d say we’re entering a new phase of pandemic psychology.
- Here’s what I’ve noticed: Men seem to be having an especially tough time of it right now. They’re at a breaking point when it comes to the pandemic.
- For the first time since this mess started, I’m seeing grown men, on podcasts, weeping about the existential crises of their lives.
- But there are also “silver linings.” The most recent example came from Steve-O on the Whiskey Ginger podcast. I found it inspiring to hear such a gnarly guy talk about how he struggled with the challenges of the pandemic. He was forced to adapt, regroup, and evolve. He developed new revenue streams to survive. He confessed that strange as it might sound, 2020 ultimately turned into a great year for him because it changed his whole mindset. On top of that, the “new,” more evolved Steve-O also figured out a way to donate $600K to charities (he’s particularly interested in ones that help put food on the table for those most in need).
- I’m also grateful to Jill Biden for discovering the amazing Amanda Gorman. And yes, I believe there will be a poetry boom over the next year. Bravo!