Can I just talk for a minute about caring? I have been told my whole life that I care too much, that I need care less, why do I care, etc. The thing is that there is a difference between caring and pleasing. What I do too much is try to please others, what no one can do enough is care. I feel like I need to care because if no one cares, who takes responsibility for things? It’s ok to care about politics, and civil rights, and your family, and your job, and your car, and your garden, and your kids, and animals, and the planet, and how you affect each of these. In fact, it’s not just ok, but it is highly, highly recommended.
So take care, show you care, be caring, be careful. Care about the turtles and the pangolins; care about the ozone layer and the political effects to climate change; care about the old man who lives on the corner, and the homeless woman who rummages through your recycling for cans and bottles. Just care. It’s easy to be a misanthrope, but being a caring person? That’s the hard part, but it’s worth it. Just give it a try.
Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
I am lucky enough to have a family that loves me and pushes me to be my best, even if it is outside of my cushiony comfort zone. I have a village of friends that nourish me, mentally, and spiritually.
Welcome to my thoughts. Sit down. Stay a while. Enjoy a cup of coffee!
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