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I Reached My Maximal Capacity for Enduring Horrific Human Cruelty. An Emotional Breakdown Is All I Have Left

My fur kids are the only reason I am still functional…

Myriam Ben Salem🦋
5 min readFeb 27, 2023

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I don’t know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do. — Elizabeth Wein.

For the past year and a half, I embarked on the most rewarding, yet most heart-wrenching, mission of volunteering for my city stray kids — both kitties and doggies — and granting decent living to as many as possible.

I had to instantly regulate my feelings over and over again since my crazy days required gigantic amounts of energy, especially in the absence of any backup option.

Last week, multiple dreadful events contributed to reaching my maximal endurance capacity. I thought I was having a bad day until I went back home, and headed to my neighborhood tribe to serve food.

That’s when I discovered the unimaginable level of human cruelty, a level that defies anything I could have ever expected… It wasn’t the first incident. I wrote about the previous one here:

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Myriam Ben Salem🦋

A fur Momma, animal lover & advocate, lifelong learner, storyteller, edutainer, and published author. I write personal stories and essays.