Wow. I’m all too familiar with the troubles of sobriety after an adulthood fueled by booze, and where it feels that damn near every social event is lubricated by Lady Liquor. I’ve been sober all year and while I’ve gotten used to it for sure, I’ll admit I might be more enjoyable in social settings if I were drinking, and I tend to avoid large social gatherings to escape the onslaught of drink offers.
The subject of the 24-hour woman is particularly interesting to me, a guy, since it seems a 21st century American woman surely has a heavy burden on her shoulders. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it. 2 out of 3 sounds more reasonable, but then if you choose family + home you’ll get the inevitable looks of anger from other women who think you are a traitor to the cause. However if you don’t have a career, you have that 50% gamble of a divorce and a lack of income.
In any case, I loved the last paragraph since it displays a key that many of us (men and women) have found to help deal with the overwhelming game of life: gratitude. No matter how stressful life can be, I’ve found that expressing gratitude for what you _do_ have, rather than worrying about everything else you don’t have or things you can’t control, makes a profound difference in our perception of reality. This, in turn, has a ripple effect on others around us. So kudos for expressing gratitude!