I’ve been offline for a hot minute but it’s time to return. Life has a habit of getting in the way of all sorts of plans and expectations. There has been a lot going on in the background. My kids are older and so is my family. People come and people go – some we miss and some we do not. It’s hard to wrap my head around reality but I’m trying to accept it.

A dark tunnel with a light at the end, a hot minute away.
Looking for light at the end of the tunnel.

Life is about change; everything and everyone changes over time. The phrase “hot minute” has changed over time; it used to mean a very short time period and evolved to mean a very long time period. The duality of meaning makes it hard to understand without context. In some ways, that is similar to the background changes I’ve been trying to figure out. Does that sound mysterious? It should because it is a mystery to me too.

Some people leave a hole in your life that you fill with the light of good memories. Others cast a dark shadow and you wish they would disappear without a trace. In a red-hot minute, it can happen. One line, one word, changes everything and you try, once again, to adjust to the next new normal.

Sunlight at the end of railway tracks, symbolising finding the light at the end of a tunnel after a long, hot minute.
Finding the light at the tunnel’s end.

When it seems like nothing is real and you’re adrift in the world, tangible familiarity can help to ground you again. That is why I’m back on my website. It’s real, it’s mine, I can see the code and tap the keyboard and see the effect of my own agency with structure and immediacy. It’s been a hot minute but I still love writing, coding, and community. If you’ve missed me, I’ve missed you. If you haven’t, that’s okay too. Dear Reader, life is for the living so let’s live it as best we can because we deserve it. Don’t waste a hot minute; I promise that you are worth so much more.