It's Not Just You.
Slack is down. It’s not just you.
It’s odd how reassuring those four little words can be, “it’s not just you.”
When there is an outage on a critical app like Slack or websites like Google it’s reassuring to know it’s not just you.
No, you didn’t get fired.
No, it’s not that coke you spilled on your laptop last week.
No, it’s not just you.
It can be a moment of panic when the systems we count on everyday break. Instead of a message sending we see a spinning wheel of death or a "server error" message that is just as ominous.
Many people jump on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to investigate. Is it just me? Emails spike. Is it just me? Text alerts in the office start blowing up. Is it just me?
And then reassurance, it’s not just you.
When technology fails us it can be a great reminder to pick up the phone and talk. It can be a great reminder to grab some coffee and linger in the breakroom (or kitchen) for a bit to talk.
It can also be a great reminder that “it’s not just you.”
It’s not just you that is worried about your family, health, finances, politics, you name it. It’s not just you.
It’s not just you that is worried about your career growth, about being perceived as smart enough, about being an imposter. It’s not just you.
It's not just you that is lonely, that feels sad sometimes for no reason, that wonders what it all means. It's not just you.
When technology goes wrong we can all benefit from taking a moment to pause. Taking a moment to talk. Taking a moment to listen. Taking a moment to remember, it’s not just you.