Mate. It's alright.
No one is okay.
No one's living their best life.
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No one's attitude is can-do. No one's heart is in it.
No one's house is tidy. No one's kitchen is clean.
No one's at the very top of their work game. Kicking goals. Smashing it.
No one's sleeping like a baby (least of all, babies).
No one’s kids are thriving. Being polite and considerate, good little members of society.
No one's toddlers are putting their tantrums in their back pockets for an easier day.
No one's spouse is enjoying all the extra together-time.
No one's feeling grateful for all that time we got to spend out in the world. Travelling, eating, dancing, playing. No one's saying, 'weren't we lucky'.
Maybe your kids are spending way too much time on screens (what do I mean, maybe?)
Maybe they don't yet understand why their world has shrunk so very quickly to include only you and your four walls.
Maybe your kids are eating "too much" treat food, maybe they're not eating at all.
Maybe they're lonely, maybe they're sinking further into addiction to their Likes and Follows.
Maybe they're spending too much time alone.
Maybe they're pushing the boundaries, breaking the rules.
Maybe they're sick of the sight of you. And you them.
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It wasn't supposed to be like this. 2021.
It was meant to be the good year after a bad year. It was full of promise.