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The work is not enough

Liked The Work is Not Enough by Anne Helen Petersen (Culture Study)

When your life is this precariously balanced, weekends aren’t for rest or reflection, not really. They’re for cramming in the things you had no time for during the week…then catching up or setting up or meal planning or doing enough laundry in preparation for the week to come.

I mention all of these piling-up tasks and distractions and annoyances not because they’re particularly unique or spectacular but because the essence of them might be relatable: each task, on its own, feels imminently solvable and completable.

For most of us, the thing that’s easiest to jettison is the thing that’s most precious to you — because letting it go ostensibly affects you and you alone. A hobby, a personal goal, a book club, a walk, a nap, all so readily sacrificed. But those are the things that allow us to stand up straight as we carry the weight of everyday annoyances and tasks.

See also: Rest is Resistance and How to Keep House While Drowning

But achieving control is not the same as achieving happiness.

Emphasis mine.

This is totally a mindset I have to be careful about.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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