The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.”
– Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail
It has been a long time since I last posted. The longer I waited to begin again, the more daunting it seemed. I’ve ¬†felt incredible pressure to write something funny or profound as a ¬†grand return to the blogosphere. And I every time I try, I come up absolutely dry.
Today my mind wandered to You’ve Got Mail and some of my favourite quotes from the film. It reminded me that the power in doing life together is all the little nothings that add up to big somethings.
In our technology-saturated culture, we coexist on the Internet. I can’t remember the last time I called someone just to chat. Goodness knows my best friend and I have been trying to schedule a call for more than a week and I’ve barely managed to return her texts. We’re all so busy that we follow each other’s nothings on a facebook feed to feel connected. It’s a cacophony of cat pictures, engagement announcements, humble brags, sonogram pictures, passive aggressive rants, recipes, quips, quotes, baby pictures, tragic world events, dead lions, trafficked foetal remains, wedding showers, birth announcements, year-too-late ice bucket challenges, and so much more. But somewhere among the noise we (over)share, there’s something there. There’s genuine connection. It’s authentic. And all those nothings culminate in a big something.
So I’ve resolved to resume writing – both somethings and nothings – because I think there’s room for both.