I named this blog “a stick in the eye” because there’s a common saying in the Midwest (I’m from Minnesota) that goes “it’s better than a stick in the eye.” Example: “I got my tax refund and it was way lower than I expected. Oh well, it’s better than a stick in the eye.” In other words, it’s not great. But it definitely could be worse!

That said, I care about a lot of different social justice issues, and I would never in a million years say “well, it could always be worse” to someone fighting injustice. Or to someone in a bad relationship, a bad job, etc. We have to have standards, and always be fighting for better. But, since I struggle with perfectionism in writing, for now the goal is to just remember that a stick in my eye (or yours) would definitely be worse than this.