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How to Live in Limbo

Three strategies for getting comfortable with discomfort

Two women wearing face masks use binoculars to look in the distance.
Photo: Ute Grabowsky/Photothek/Getty Images

“It’ll get better,” my husband says as I review our budget, which has become tighter and tighter during the pandemic. “We just have to make it over this hump.”

But what is the hump exactly? And when does a hump become so large that “hump” is no longer the appropriate geographical designation?

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Kristin Wong

Kristin Wong

Kristin Wong has written for the New York Times, The Cut, Catapult, The Atlantic and ELLE.