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“Transition times” matter

A self-care epiphany from this New York Times piece:

”Finding places where you can have space for yourself to reflect and think and feel” is crucial in this moment, said Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lakshmin pointed out that all of the “in between transition times” we used to have to ourselves — like during our commutes, and after we dropped off our kids at school — are gone. So it’s important to create those spaces for yourself in new ways, she said.

As soon as the husband gets back from his second bike ride this weekend, I’m jumping in my car and just driving. Alone. No Pokemon hunting with the kid, no errands. Maybe hit a drive-thru for a soda.

I miss just driving. Just being somewhere besides the house or my home office. By myself.

If I can get through a day where I don’t melt down in tears or rage or consider killing someone or the yappy Chihuahua next door, I would be very happy.

I hate this fucking pandemic.