Ways We Regress When Life Gets Too Hard
No matter how much you have your life together, what a total boss you are, and how much others perceive you to be the most composed, rational, and mature person in the world, we can all feel that life is a bit overwhelming sometimes. We can all wish we could crawl inside of a cocoon, or even our mother’s womb. When you’re in trouble for making a mistake at work, your neighbor is mad at you for ignoring your mailbox so long that the USPS has started shoving your excess in the communal box, and you forgot to do the thing you told your partner you’d do, you can just want to crawl away and hide. As soon as we stop feeling on top of our sh*t, it’s a slippery slope to feeling like we’re beneath a mountain of obligations we just can’t tackle. Sometimes, these bouts of feeling like we’ve lost a handle on our lives can go on for a while, like after losing a job or losing a relationship. And when it happens, we can all regress—just a little. Call it a temporary form of arrested development. And we do things like this.
Date a permanently stunted man
Nothing helps us feel a bit better about ourselves than dating a man who is living with his mom and unemployed while he tries to become a professional gamer. When we’re feeling like we aren’t on stable ground ourselves, we can be attracted to men who have their lives together even less.