I am not a foreign policy expert, nor a diplomat, nor a politician.

At the end of the day, I’m some dude in California who talks about leadership and makes monster art.

I have the privilege of never knowing what it’s like to live in a country where war is actively going on, nor do I know what it’s like to have one’s country be invaded.

The closest thing I know is the generational trauma of having one’s grandparents unjustly locked away during World War II, and that was my grandparents.

So fuck all if I know what it’s like to deal with the fear of not knowing if a bomb is going to drop through my roof, or some tank is going to roll down my street and fire on my apartment.

Who am I to worry about stock prices or whether or not the price of gas is going to go up?

Well, I’m human, and complex emotions, massive levels of uncertainty, and fear is part of the human experience.

So however you’re dealing with the invasion by Russia (or more specifically, Putin’s dictatorship – I know a lot of Russians who are firmly against the invasion and can’t speak up or risk prison time), it’s valid.

You can be sad. You can work through it to avoid thinking about it. You can take a mental health day. You can take action.

Do whatever you have the capability to do.

Just don’t kid yourself that you don’t have any agency or hope.

You might not have huge amounts right now, but when we give up all agency and hope, that’s when we really lose.

Take care of yourselves and others out there.

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