Can’t tell you the number of times work and my workplace were my refuges from my personal life. The work routine, the feeling of belonging and knowing exactly where you belong, the absorption in activities and thoughts not involving your personal problems, being focused, and having a sense of importance, acceptance, and appreciation are so cathartic when your personal life is chaotic and upended.

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I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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