Burnout in the Age of Hustle Culture - A World Mental Health Day Tribute

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Good mental health? I hold it hostage.

Guardians of my mindset attempt reconcile –

But remain limp in bondage.

 

I know I’ve got this.

Breathing in deep oxygen I haven’t earned –

With nothing in return? I don’t deserve it.

 

It’ll be worth it.

Just a few more months running on hope

A vision of the future a utopia wrote –

I want it.

 

No other option but to keep on slugging.

Running on 1%, struggling,

Too anxious to stop my mind from whirring,

It’s hurting, I’m burning -

 

Out.

 

I’m running away from the dream as if hot coals scold my feet,

Looking back at what I have achieved that I can no longer reach.

 

No more adrenaline to fuel the engine that dilutes me

It’s time to recharge…

 

It’s time to sleep.  

Poetry
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland