Wow, Kathryn-- thanks so much for your kind words! Keep your dreams alive, and remember to keep checking in with yourself about whether it is time to devote more energy to them. When things get tough for me, I think about all the other single moms like you who are handling things day by day, and it gives me strength.
Agnes, I don’t know how I missed responding to your lovely feedback-- sorry this is so delayed. I really appreciate that you took the time to not only read, but comment. Thank you for your kind words and sharing your own story with me.
I relate to this more than I can begin to tell you. So glad to hear you’re dating someone wonderful now, and are consciously refraining from selling your soul just to be accepted. I don’t think I can ever be a flower, but I am trying, at least, to give the gardening tools a periodic rest.
Thank you for the courage it takes to share about such a horrific experience. I have worked as a trauma therapist (in addition to having survived years of bullying), and the symptoms of bullying survivors very often present as “classic" PTSD. EMDR helped me to reduce the leftover distress from my own experiences, but nobody should have to endure what…
Well said, Gillian! As a survivor, longtime mental health provider, and current public health PhD student with a focus on trauma, I could not agree more. In fact, this was a major reason why I returned to grad school. Thanks for your important message.
Katie, I wonder myself about the pendulum idea. Sometimes I worry that we have moved too far in the direction of materialism and classism to ever swing back.
Teaching is one of those professions that requires extraordinary stamina and skill, and pays so little for it. It is one of the most important work someone can take on.
You add some great points, Pablo. I have worked with people in health care who functioned on the job as you described. Not a good thing.
I have also seen many creative people turn their backs on their passions, understandably, in exchange for anticipated job security and higher earnings. Sometimes it works out, but other…