There doesn’t seem to be any dry land, Erik. In fact, I took today off to take my husband to a city 80 miles away for a pre-surgery consultation. While I was there I had a dozen or more emails that needed responses. When I returned at 5:30, I found out that my biggest client had all sorts of problems during the day that needed my attention. Since I am taking tomorrow off to take my grandchildren out of town before they move away, I had no choice but to go to the office. I worked 2 1/2 hours, not to mention the emailing time, on my day off! And, when I return to town on Sunday, I will work at least 4 hours.

It is exhausting. Nearly everyone with whom I work is exhausted. People don’t sleep well. Some go to work at 6:30 am just to get a start on the day before the phones start ringing and emails start piling up. Many work weekends and late into the evenings.

A co-worker flew to another state to attend the funeral of her niece who was killed in a tragic accident the day before her high school graduation. She had to miss two days from work but worked crazy long hours the days before she flew out. While she was gone, she answered emails. The first day she was back to work at 6 am. And, this was a woman who was grieving and exhausted from grieving.

I don’t know how long we can all continue to do this. The past two years were brutal and this one is turning out to be worse.

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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