Sometimes writers need to recalibrate

Karen Downton
3 min readMar 22, 2021
Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

I’ve been writing here on Medium every day this year so far. Unfortunately yesterday this writer had one of those days and really just couldn’t mentally go to my laptop and start typing.

While I do feel writing is cathartic to me, yesterday I just felt like I hit a wall and really just needed to recalibrate myself.

I realized that was okay and healthy to do as everyone needs a time out from time to time no matter what they do.

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines recalibrate as

: to calibrate (something) again… these systems gradually drift off course so that the navigator periodically needs a fresh point of reference to recalibrate the navigation system.

Recalibrating is not quitting, it’s simply taking a break from the path of this writing journey and just pausing for a second to decide my next step. And so yesterday I just felt I needed to do that and then come back to it today and I’m glad I’ve done that because I do feel better for it.

Maybe I was just tired or maybe it was the stress the past few months of having my apartment repaired from water damage finally caught up to me I’m not sure, even though finally last week repairs had been completed

But yesterday I was just in one of those mental downtime needs. So I needed that time to pause and it has given me the time I needed to assess my journey so far and continue on with it.

Not to mention it’s been torrential rain for days in here in Sydney Australia and flooding, so I can’t even get out of my apartment at the moment just to clear my head.

Plus this is now the 3rd day in a row now where my usual medium publication RESONATES, is not showing up in my add to publication list when I click on the three dots in the righthand top corner.

It’s the first time that this has happened and I don’t know why as I’m still listed as a writer and have been since November last year. So I’m feeling frustrated about that too at the moment because I can’t submit anything more to RESONATES as yet.

But I am still publishing through my name though but it doesn’t feel the same. I’ve tried everything, I’ve tried restarting my computer, I’ve tried logging out and back in on Medium and still, it’s not there in my publication list. Up until three days ago, this has never happened before.

So I have lodged a help request to the medium team and hopefully, soon it can be rectified somehow.

So now I feel refreshed after taking time out yesterday and will be writing two articles today to catch up.

Again, it’s important that everyone takes time out from time to time and that’s totally okay, because it’s not quitting, it’s pausing to refresh.

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash
Karen Downton

🏆Curated writer for RESONATES From Sydney Australia 🇦🇺