2022: A Reflection on Being Tired and Stressed

Kelly P.
Readers Hope
Published in
4 min readDec 30, 2022

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If I sum up 2022 in a single descriptive phrase, it would be this: tired and stressed.

I am tired. I am worn out. Burned out. Exhausted. Stressed. At this point, I’m running out of words to describe how I feel. Maybe go under the thesaurus and pick your favorite word for being tired. It would be me.

I’m not talking about being physically tired. I try to prioritize my sleep because I learned long ago that my body and everything else goes to hell without sleep. I’m talking about spiritually, emotionally, and metaphysically…again, pick your noun that describes the other-worldness that is beyond the physical body. There’s just this spiritual heaviness that ways on me.

At the beginning of the year, I found myself cautiously optimistic. I was planning. I was determined to move past my anxieties intensified by covid. I had set some goals that I had made progress in towards the tail end of 2021. I had somewhat overcome my fear of going to the gym (not by much, but it was better). I had finally realized in my life that the things I had been doing for the past 30-plus years weren’t doing me any favors, and I needed to change. I didn’t know what exactly, but I just knew that I needed to start somewhere. I was also approaching a massive milestone in my adult life after playing and saving for it for the past decade, purchasing…

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Kelly P.
Readers Hope

Aspiring freelance writer and photographer. Nerd. Check out my site: https://kellyssurfwords.com