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They say that things happen in threes. Last night our geyser burst. Today our dishwasher died. I can’t wait to find out what the third thing is: I just hope it’s not my laptop or phone.

Insurance will cover the geyser. The dishwasher needed replacing anyway, but the timing is rotten. And they both are fairly easy to fix (well, it’s easy to phone someone to fix them for me).

But I realise that I have no extra capacity for stuff to go wrong. I have felt battered in the last 24 hours - disproportionately more than either issue should have affected me.

If I feel this way, with all my privileges, I can’t imagine what it must be like to be beyond the edge of coping with this tough situation. I have a credit card, insurance, a network, a phone, a house. I have a geyser and a dishwasher - and I feel stressed out. I can’t begin to imagine what life is like at the moment for people who have nothing, and see no prospects. And I can’t imagine how on edge and stressed they must feel. It’s hard. So hard. And we are drained.

Times are tough. Some days are harder than others. And yet we must persist.

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