Perception v. reality

“The heart of it is that although I am frail, lazy and unsuited to do anything except what I am paid to do, which is sit by myself and type with one finger, I like to imagine myself a ‘can-do’ kind of woman, capable of patching the corral fence, pickling enough peaches to feed the hands all winter, and then winning a trip to Minneapolis in the Pillsbury Bake-Off.”

— Joan Didion, “The Big Rock Candy Figgy Pudding Pitfall,” Saturday Evening Post (1966)