With you totally. I almost quit my job to do Medium full time, because my stats at the time had only been growing, a steady, 3-year upward trend. It was phenomenal - along w/my paychecks. And then life happened like it does. Covid-19 shut down schools. I work in a school, so suddenly, I was having to put all my energy into learning how to teach school online. No more time for writing!

It was also my daughter's senior year in high school and suddenly every one of her "first lasts" and "last firsts" were taken away without warning. Senior traditions. Prom, for which bought her own dress with money she'd saved from work... a dress she never got to wear. Graduation was off. The college she'd been accepted to? We didn't even know what would happen with that come fall.

And my older son found himself in limbo as well. Still living at home but in his 2nd year of college. Accepted into a university for the fall but with most classes going online, he didn't want to do that; it wasn't his thing. He's a hands-on guy. Plans for his girlfriend to move to our area got put on halt also.

My youngest, who's transgender, maybe got the best end of the deal by having their final year of middle school alleviated when schools closed. They hated middle school. Didn't we all?

But then, just as we got into the swing of our "new normal" in a pandemic, we suddenly had issues with aging parents, I had an AI flare up that wreaked havoc on my spinal stenosis, and later, I injured my knee (which required surgery). While recovering, our oldest decided to move 18 hours away to live with his girlfriend instead of her coming here, which just happened the day after Thanksgiving and I'm still maybe in denial... and then, boom! My Dad - who I'm extremely close to - got a devastating health diagnosis.

Basically, too many things to handle at once.

I've certainly struggled with motivation to write for several months, and I'm paying the price in dropped stats and income. That said, I'm just about ready to get back in the game again... I think.

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