To our future partners, 

 

The average person spends one-third of their life working and another third-sleeping. So, this leaves us with the existential and painstakingly unanswerable question: How can we spend the remaining third of our lifetimes in a way that counts?

 

Society and the world tells us that we need to be in constant motion and intently focused on ourselves in order to be productive. However, sometimes the most deliberate thing you can do is to stop moving, pause your ambitions and attempt to understand your surroundings more deeply. 

 

That’s what this issue of Curb will strive to accomplish. 2020 has challenged us in ways we did not foresee. The world is experiencing a new era of unrest and uncertainty, wrapped in a pandemic and spurred on by the ever-widening gap between those debating the best path forward. Instead of trying to sort through the noise and find what’s at heart of it, we have stopped listening.

 

This is why Curb invites you to join us in taking an intentional pause to reflect and notice the many voices that have gone unrecognized. Alongside you, we will explore the ways so many Wisconsinites have experienced both universal and deeply personal obstacles as well as how they are staying close to one another, even during a time when it’s not physically possible. 

 

By choosing to support Curb Pause, you can help us share these stories of empowerment and endurance with more than 10,000 Wisconsin alumni. Together we’ll create an environment where a moment of silence can lead to a movement. 

 

Thoughtfully,

 

Cara Suplee, Editor-in-Chief