Hi Everyone! So this week a family member (not me) had a Scary Medical Thing we needed to get taken care of. Everyone is fine, and we actually have really good insurance now (I’ll talk about this at some point; it was an amazing, positive and bizarre experience having it) but apparently I’m a little emotionally weak in a way where it took a lot out of me worrying about it. I’m a little bit mentally exhausted.
Glad to hear about the insurance RC! You mentioned in your blog about being poor (excellent job btw) that you'd been teaching yourself SQL and had managed it to a pretty good level. I too have this desire, but a blog about your approach to learning skills such as this (e.g. good for career, but probably not a passion) would be good. Maybe it's a bit Tim Ferriss-ey for this space but I found this an interesting aside I'd love to hear more about.
some potentially interesting topics: psychedelics, virus mitigation steps as performance art, maybe there's not enough "toxic masculinity" in our lives (read this navel-gazing claptrap and tell me you don't agree https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/04/dark-side-houseplant-boom-nature-empathy/618638/)
So happy to hear you have good insurance now, what a blessing that is! I hope your family member recovers quickly. I really enjoyed your "experience of being poor-ish" column, both from the unusual honesty you showed, and your humor in describing your experiences.
As far as future subjects, I'd love to hear more of your perspective on finding joy when you're financially on the edge. Maybe also your experience in learning technical topics, like SQL, as a person high in language skills. I'm not so much suggesting tips for how to study SQL, more looking to see if you feel as lost as I do. I was lucky to fall into a series of decent-paying technical jobs, despite holding a non-technical degree (romance languages), and I know many people with similar backgrounds in technical trades who struggled for a bit before finding work that paid the bills.