Second, I'm married, for over 30 years, to the same great guy. He's better than me at many things including planning, details, finances, and math.

Third, I love hiking and exploring. It's The Thing: my all-purpose reset button for mental health and just about any problem I face.

After that, the order of details I share changes depending on my mood and who I'm talking to. So don't take these as any indication of what I value the most.

I write. Most of my work is on this site, though I've had essays published in the New York Times, AMC Outdoors, and As It Ought to Be. I mostly write about sad things that have to do with losing my son. I teach high school English. My goal is to get my students to write one true, beautiful sentence that they're proud of, and then get them to write more like that.

I advocate for things I am passionate about: increasing mental health services, preventing suicide, supporting education (okay that's a little bit about self-preservation), conservation and protecting the earth and its inhabitants.

I try to leave the world a little better than I found it.

I hope people remember me as a wannabe-badass mom-wife-hiker-writer-teacher with purple hair and a mission to help people remain present and connected and understand that they matter even when they think they don't.

Medium member since October 2019

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Carrie Thompson

Carrie Thompson

A mother, a wife, a high school English teacher, and a suicide loss survivor on a quest for understanding and healing.