Caregiving and Outside Forces of Pain

Lynette Whiteman

Caregiving and Outside Forces of Pain

Lynette Whiteman
Was this past week hard for you?  It sure was for me and it greatly affected my patience level with my mother.  Despite trying really hard, I found myself caught up in what unfolded on Thursday.  I just felt so sad and depressed all day and so powerless.  I am not a victim of sexual violence or harassment.  But I sure know a lot of women who are.  My college room mate was raped in high school and never confided in anyone but me.  My heart just broke all day.

My mom, maybe picking up on my tension, was more agitated than normal.  I had such a hard time dealing with her and I was more impatient.  Of course afterwards, I felt so guilty.

What happens in the world is not my mom's fault.  My reaction and my despair about what happens to voices that don't get heard is not my moms fault.  I will try and do better this week, and try to turn off the news when it becomes overwhelming to me.  This act will be the ultimate self care for me.

Anyone else struggling?