I’m tired. So very, very tired. All the time. Maybe you are too, but for different reasons.

I’m tired of having chronic illnesses that have no cure.

Both of them are auto-immune diseases. Antihistamines provide temporary peace from airborne allergens, but it doesn’t last long. It does nothing for my food allergies. Fibromyalgia causes muscle pain and memory issues (“fibro fog”) that leave me struggling to find the right words. Constant pain causes exhaustion. I’m tired.

I’m tired of living in a world where covid is still spreading.

I took a chance and got vaccinated. Luckily, my immune system was able to handle it. I worry for those who have immune systems more fragile than mine, and for kids who are too young to get the vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the global rollout of covid-19 vaccines is progressing at “two alarmingly different speeds”. Less than 2 percent of adults are fully vaccinated in most low-income countries compared to almost 50 percent in high-income nations. The longer this is true, the longer we will all be stuck living in a world where covid is spreading.

I’m tired of the people who choose to spread covid.

Every time a group of anti-maskers get together to protest mask requirements, it makes me tired. They gather in groups and shout, droplets spewing out of their mouths and noses, and potentially spreading covid. These people are the reason why we can’t have nice things, as the saying goes.

We can’t end the pandemic unless every physically healthy person is vaccinated. Until then, there is a need for everyone to wear masks. I’m tired of waiting for the anti-maskers to grow up and do the right thing.

I’m tired of fighting an ant invasion.

California is in a drought. When this happens, ants come into people’s homes, in search of water. They’ll happily take any crumb of food they can find, too. We put down ant poison, and that worked for a while. Eventually they learned to avoid it.

Since then, I’ve been spraying the ants with disinfectant (like the kind you would use to clean sinks and toilets). It works, but I’m going through it fast. The house is very clean, but even that doesn’t entirely stop the ants from coming in.

We can no longer leave a few, rinsed, dishes in the sink overnight. The ants find them. I’m tired from spending so much energy trying to keep the Borg of the insect world outside.


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