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

Recently, I’ve been house-sitting and cat-sitting for someone in my neighborhood. My mental health had been volatile, and I’d been struggling with a lack of energy, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel living and working in a new place.

Contrary to my concerns, house-sitting and cat-sitting for the past two weeks have overwhelmingly cleared my head. Stepping into someone else’s home and adopting their routine gave me a sense of structure that I haven’t had the energy to create for myself lately. Temporarily leaving my everyday living space lifted a mental burden, making me feel like I could address my responsibilities with a clean slate. Rather than feeling isolated or tired, I’ve been more positive and productive.

As my time looking after the cat and this house comes to a close, I know that afterward, I can return to my own apartment feeling refreshed.

I’m half-Mexican, but I pass for white. Here’s what it feels like to inhabit two racial identities.

I’m fiercely proud of my heritage, but can’t fully immerse myself due to a language barrier

I hate my recurring, pointless dreams, so I’m trying to train my subconscious mind. Here’s how.

I’ve been practicing how to lucid dream for weeks — and have had one success so far