Whew! It has been 2 years, 5 months, and 12 days since my last post, but who’s counting?! 895 days of ups and downs and highs and lows, of inspiration and then writer’s block, of ideas free-flowing from my fingertips only to be swept away by worries of mediocrity and irrelevance. In a world that’s changed so much since Kermit Says… started in 2014, I found myself wondering if I still had a voice worth listening to amongst the chaos of it all. We’ve had a pandemic, an insurrection, wars, scandal, the list goes on and on–and that’s on a global scale. What about the battles we’ve faced in our own lives? Family conflict? Illness? Anxiety? Depression? Suicidal thoughts? Loneliness? Feeling misunderstood? Pressured to fit in? Invalidated by those who should love and support us no matter what? And everything else that comes with growing up. We’ve been in the same storm for a while now, but paddling through those waves in very different boats. Some of us have been sailing these rocky seas in fancy yachts able to feel only a slight disturbance beneath us, while others have had to navigate these turbulent waters on a door only big enough for one. And over the last 895 days, the raging seas knocked me down for a bit, but thankfully, they never knocked me out.
Like so many of you, I’ve been terrified of what would come next and if I would sink or swim, so I checked in with myself and, quite frankly, checked out. But whenever I take these breaks, I always seem to resurface when the world is on its head. I guess that makes sense. After all, it is why Kermit Says… was created in the first place: to help teens navigate murky waters when the world feels like a scary and dark place. Sometimes I forget that I need that too: help. So here I am, back (yet again) to help, to motivate, to inspire, to uplift, to support, to encourage, to be a soft place for you (and me) to land in the ups and downs that life throws our way. Only this time, I want to kick things up a notch. That’s the thing about breaks and new years, there’s a fresh surge of energy, ideas, optimism, and possibility. I have some thoughts about where I want Kermit Says… to go in 2023 and beyond, and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride. Cheers to a new year, same Kermit Says…, just better!