There’s no hope of anything changing at work,” my friend said (not a co-worker), “everything is so political. I just have to tough it out till I finish my degree and then look for something new.”

The next day another friend of mine was talking about her house. “We never should have bought that place. It’s old, has no closets. And it’s so much work to maintain. House prices are down in our area, so we can’t sell it. I’m starting to hate it. It’s like I’m a prisoner forced to maintain my cell.