I once yawned in front of a young mom while we shared an elevator. She snorted and asked, “What are you yawning about, I haven’t slept in years!?” I smiled sympathetically and we parted ways.
I had no reason to complain about being tired, busy, or stressed out, especially compared to the mothers my age. A childfree young woman is free to do whatever she wants when she wants it. She is free to stay out late with friends and recover the next day with a long nap, go on exotic vacations, or spend time working on projects that bring her joy.
None of those things were happening. Instead, I was exhausted and in chronic pain. It felt like I was living in a fog...
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