Well this was just fantastic.
I used to be one of those horrible militant child-free "we hate your kids, ugh stop breeding" types, but have softened over the past few years, to the point where I'm now, at best, ambivalent about having kids myself, and totally supportive of other people's decisions to do so. (I had to grow up eventually, right?) Reading this article, however, just made me go NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE all over the place. Because that would totally be me - the resentment, the bitchily judging other mothers, the doing a good job but hating it, all of it. Some people just shouldn't have kids. I am most likely one of them.
OKAY SO POINT 2:
Part of me wants to take umbrage with the use of "the Third World" and the projecting you're doing there, but fuck it.
The other part of me wants everyone reading this in DC to come tutor with me. Volunteering (especially, I think, tutoring/mentoring) is really great when you feel like you're failing not only for the reasons listed above, but also because it forces you to concentrate on someone else and their issues for a little while, and gets you completely out of your own head. There is also, at least with tutoring, a measure of feeling like you've accomplished something, when your kid passes a level or you can tell her reading's improved or whatever. If you feel like your life is full of fail, this can count for A LOT.
Anyway, yes, volunteer.
@Countess Maritza Possibly? Are you currently really sleepy? Cause if so, yes.
@cashmere velvet candy cane RIGHT.
I am obviously the office female doctor who writer. I have office older sisters and office aunties and TOTALLY have an office hipster grifter.
Mine was completely wrong re: both relationships and finances, but I am having a shit day today so maybe I shall blame the moon. Or at least go out of my way to look up at the night sky tonight.
@MilesofMountains Alton Brown recommends an avocado-and-sardine (maybe anchovy?) sandwich, so maybe herring and avocado work together as well? No idea how to involve the orange, though.
@MaxBraverman That's kind of how the internet/life works, though? Things change, people leave. And "if you don't like it, don't read it" wasn't the main jist of my post at all. It was "maybe look at literally any other website before lobbing criticisms at this one."