Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

I’ve always longed to have tight-knit friendships, the types of friends I would make the godparents of my pets — a chosen family. But as I get older, I realize having healthy, lasting relationships is a lot harder than it looks. Long-term relationships involve balancing very different adult lives; we all have different needs and wants. It’s easy to get overwhelmed while trying to be the perfect best friend, but being perfect is impossible. Instead of trying to be everything to everyone, it’s more important to practice boundaries. Understand what you can and cannot take on, and allow your friends to do the same. My grandmother always used to say, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” Though I’m sure she didn’t coin that phrase, the sentiment is important.

I’ve been using public transit during the pandemic. I’ve encountered more harassment than ever before.

I feel more exposed, with fewer people to turn to

I started working from home years before coronavirus. Here’s how I found balance.

I split my days between business and life tasks

I was tempted to publicly shame people who don’t wear masks. I tried this instead.

I found myself full of bitterness toward those who weren’t taking coronavirus seriously