I don’t want to face the fact that this is what I am today, what I’ve been several times before, and what I know I will be again. Even after this episode of anxiety and depression goes away, I know it will come back. I’ve been too tired to do bath time as often as I should because I am covering for someone at work right now, working overtime, and writing on the side. Sometimes, like right now, I just don’t feel like being a mother or a daughter or a partner or an employee or a friend. I feel like hiding in a hole and staying there until these feelings pass. But I know it isn’t as simple as that.”

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