This February, I’m doing #LoveMe, a challenge designed to help you learn to love yourself! One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be kinder and more gentle to myself, so I’m trying to be as positive as I can possibly be in 2017 and hope that doing this challenge will be good for my mental health and overall well-being. Check out my previous #LoveMe posts here!
Today’s prompt is:
What have you accepted about yourself?
I guess that what I’ve accepted about myself is that I’m trying my best. As I’ve mentioned in previous #LoveMe posts and in, well, plenty of other past posts on this blog, I love making lists and plans and goals.
And sometimes I don’t actually achieve everything I set out to do. Sometimes I don’t even come close.
There are days/weeks/months when it seems as though, despite all my good intentions, I can’t seem to do anything right. I study for hours and am still behind. I get enough sleep and am still exhausted every morning. I set up a weekly tutoring appointment at the writing center to get ahead on school projects yet still struggle to produce any workable pieces of writing during that hour on Wednesday afternoons. Et cetera.
But I’m trying. And that’s what matters, right? In my most recent group therapy session one of the things we talked about was how it often seems as though everyone else has their life together when in reality… they probably DON’T. In actuality they’re just as worried as you, me, and the rest of us – trying their best and then berating themselves when they feel that their best still isn’t good enough. Isn’t as good as everyone else’s supposedly is.
Trying and failing is still better than nothing. I need to remember this on my most depressed days, instead of contemplating giving up because I can’t seem to do “enough.” It’s hard to have depression and be a perfectionist at the same time! But I can’t let myself forget that what really matters is doing my best, even if it’s not everyone else’s best or my perfect.
What have YOU accepted about yourself?