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I Feel Fortunate To Live In A World Where I Can Write Online

A little burst of gratitude.

The last couple of days have been, well, the pits. An endometriosis flare-up has me struggling to tread water. Writing and parenting are much harder than usual.

Like most people, I find the combination of physical pain, extreme fatigue, and simply keeping up as a parent can lead to significant distress. I feel my mental health slipping.

I find it frustrating anytime that I cannot write as much as I would like. Little hiccups make me feel something like a failure. Catching regrettable comments or negative feedback reinforces such feelings all the more.

And yet?

I have so much to be thankful for.

Single motherhood is hard, but I am so fortunate to live in an era where writing online can pay the bills. I feel even more grateful that it's allowing me to actually get ahead.

It's no secret that negative feedback can bring me down, but how lucky I am to have friends and readers who value and support my work. As much as I might cringe to check some of the comments, most of them are uplifting.

And some of them are incredibly kind.

Last night, I couldn't help but tear up a little catching a few comments from loyal readers. They didn’t know how a couple of statements had been weighing heavily on my mind all day. And they didn't know how ill I was beginning to feel with my endometriosis.

It's amazing how online strangers can feel like friends when you need some support the most. It's incredible, really, and nothing I ever could have imagined one year ago.

How fortunate that we can go through life together by hashing out some of our most mundane experiences online. How fortunate we are to live in an age where our words can be read by folks across the globe.

It's such a surreal blessing and it gives me so much to be grateful for.

If you've lived a hard life, it's easy to feel like the world is too hard as well. Easy to see the worst in the planet online. How awesome it is then that over the past year I've been able to see so much goodness in strangers.

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