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Remember when participation trophies were a thing? Some bristled at the idea of giving rewards to “losers” regardless of the intent. In all honesty, the concept was great, but the execution needed some work.
Often when thinking of self-care, it is usually regarding trying to schedule it. Consequently, has anyone ever stopped to think about why we need to schedule time to take care of ourselves? Shouldn't self-care be a natural instinct?
A year ago today, I wrote this letter and posted it on Facebook. For the first time, I could see the love I had for myself. My love wasn't this abstract concept I was trying to force myself to believe. I was truly smitten with myself. There was no shame or conceit in this self-admiration. Today, I still feel the same.
At the beginning of my mental health journey, I thought being aware was the entire battle. My Virgo mind assumed knowing my behavior was unacceptable, toxic, and wrong would be enough to counteract it.