Ben Carr

2023: The Year of Connection

by Ben Carr

Over the last few years, I’ve been feeling less present”, and a bit disconnected from the people and places around me. I’ve been spending too much time staying keeping up with what’s happening in the world, and not enough time keeping up with my family, friends, and neighborhood.

That’s why my 2023 yearly theme is Connection.”

I want to shift my focus toward feeling more connected with the world directly around me: rekindle interpersonal connections that have lapsed, create new ties to places close to my heart, re-balance my relationship with social media, and resurface writing as a way to better connect with my own mind and emotions.

Ideal outcomes

Be a more communicative with family and friends

I’d like to be more proactive about communication and I hope that communicating more with those around me will help strengthen and broaden my personal support system.

Volunteer in my local community at least twice

I hope that volunteering will provide a sense of personal satisfaction or accomplishment, and generate new connections to people in my local community.

Take photo walks

My photography hobby has stagnated, but I think photo walks could be a great way to reconnect with something I once loved and to find new things to love about my neighborhood.

Blog at least four times

Writing has always helped me gather my thoughts professionally, but has not been a tool I’ve reached for personally. I’d like to try to use it more to examine my own feelings, and I hope that sharing those thoughts publicly might foster a connection to the open web I love dearly.