The holiday season is typically a time we focus on others, sometimes at the expense of ourselves. I can get so caught up in the expectations of the season that I have a hard time remembering to enjoy the peace and wonder of the season. I can forget to take time to care for myself. So lets look back on how we cared for ourselves. Maybe we’ll inspire each other to take a few minutes for ourselves today.
What was the best gift you gave yourself this year? Did you buy big, fluffy towels? Did you have a massage on a day when you really needed it? Did you forgive someone and give yourself the freedom from that grudge?
Peace of mind
I finally took it easy on myself. Accepted my reality and the powerful and painful experiences that shaped me. It took a long time to get here. It also took a long time to realize that those experiences were not reflections of my failure as a sister, daughter, friend, significant other, or employee — they taught me to be a fighter. I needed those experiences to grow and to fight for all the things I believe in and want.
It’s funny how we often lie to ourselves just to coast through life. We settle. We convince ourselves that we’re fine when we’re not.
Finally understanding that there is nothing wrong with failing, nothing wrong with feeling like shit, nothing wrong with disagreeing with loved ones, nothing wrong with saying no, nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. That’s just life, we’re human. Shit always happens but there’s good shit too. Just don’t be scared of the bad shit. The bad shit is there to remind you to work harder for the good.
Because all the good is waiting for you to arrive and to finally accept that it is yours to have.