…es, they must be shamed and prodded into working at jobs that underpay and don’t offer fulfillment. This is the reason why people wear the label of being a hard worker and always busy as a badge of honor; to many, this must mean they are not “lazy,” they must be important, valuable, and deserving.
Oof. This really hit home for me, and describes my more manic moments pretty accurately. Truly resting is hard for me to do, because I carry an inherent feeling of shame if I'm not "doing enough." I appreciated this thoughtful piece. Thank you for putting so much effort into writing compassionately, clearly and meaningfully!