Flash back to the end of summer, 2017, one of those fatefully significant years in my life. I had retired only a few months before, and I was having a hard time feeling connected with people since my job and career of 21 years had ended. The 5 1/2 years since then now seem like an eternity: I lost my mother, and then came the nightmarish years of the pandemic when I was a afraid to go anywhere indoors and avoided contact with people, isolating myself, a loner to begin with, now of necessity even more so than in the past.
You loved your mother dearly and gave her the care she needed. The strength you gained from those years of caring will help you face what ever challenges the future may hold.