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It is never personal, you're not the protagonist

It's so easy to become offended. It actually comes pretty natural. Someone says something.  You feel it's directed at you Strong reaction follows No need to react, it's got nothing to do with you as a person Imagine some remarks about academic work versus manual one, a bit dismissive about the latter. You don't have a degree and never wanted one. You know very well it takes years of experience and training to do what you're doing. Talent is involved too, as some people do have "two left hands".  You still feel you should add something to the conversation, but not sure if it is going to be well-received. No need to enlighten the other party right now Most people think in terms of opposites. If it's not this, it's that and it can't be anything else. Certainty of one's convictions is also a form of self-reassurance that everything is stable in one's world. Other points of view cannot be allowed because they are disruptive. Cognitive disrup

Summer break over, now what?

Absence of writing makes the blogger go rusty. It dissolves whatever crystals of an idea were around in the first place and it turns the writer back into a reader. A reader only, must add.
I don't know much about the origins of consumerism in the wider society, I can only bear witness to the straight path that leads to culture consumerism.
Having intelligent, creative, funny or plain well-educated thoughts for breakfast, lunch and dinner is great.
The problem is that they are always someone else's thoughts, in one format or another. If you don't like analogies, stop reading now.
Reading and watching TV or videos is like eating other people's food, all the time, in select restaurants.

Delicious food, combined with lack of effort, in preparing it, is almost impossible to resist.  It is a wonderful past time and it empowers anyone to have delightful conversations.
The would-be writer can get tempted like everyone else. It's only human, after all, to go after pleasure, apparently we are wired like this, avoiding pain at all costs.
How to switch from consumer to producer? Start writing again. Don't overthink, don't analyse why you stopped in the first place. Just sit down and write. Turn your back to the delicatessen shop, at regular intervals and for significant periods of time.

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