Loving Me

Before delving into my feelings, I want to first say: I hope that I don’t sound like I am complaining often. I am working SO HARD at getting better and being the best me I can be, etc. That said, when my (negative) emotions come tumbling in I will write about them here.

If you saw my post earlier today, you know that I am discouraged. Really discouraged. However, I am now somewhat less discouraged than when I wrote earlier today because of something really cool that happened: I got together with a friend that I met in outpatient (who just graduated from the program yesterday)!

I told her about what I was struggling with, and she made me smile even when I didn’t want to. The unexpected relief and joy I experienced from that (though still struggling with discouragement) made a lightbulb go off in my head. I remembered, in the middle of mental turmoil and distress, that there is MUCH to be happy about. It sounds cliche, but humans lose sight of the positive way too easily.

I often struggle with focusing on the positive, especially when it concerns my actions. I AM EXCRUCIATINGLY HARD ON MYSELF. Yes, that did deserve CAPS because it is very very very true. If the ways that I beat myself up mentally were visible physically, I would look like I had five abusive boyfriends. We know too well how to be our own best enemies, don’t we? If I don’t meet my daily goal, I get really mad at myself. If I can’t get out of my head, I get really mad at myself. If I forget to do something I need to do, I get really mad at myself. If I don’t act “perfect” (whatever that really means) in any situation I get really mad at myself… If I get mad at myself for being mad at myself, then I get even more mad at myself… It’s a giant cycle. Oh the cycles. Cycle, cycle cycle. Wheeeeeeeeeeee. Riding over and over again. Poop.

I was talking to a teacher today and I said “I don’t have much hope…. I just feel stuck.”

I do. I feel stuck with myself. I am annoyed with myself AND I acknowledge how WONDERFUL I AM! I just want to take a moment and share why I’m proud of myself. Today has not been easy, and it is reasonable that I am unhappy with that. However yay to me for not having cutting urges, not writing suicide notes even though I thought about it, not letting bad feelings lead to bad actions.

Yay me!

I LOVE ME!

I don’t have to be perfect to be excellent.

I don’t have to be perfect to be excellent.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

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3 Responses to Loving Me

  1. Love this! It’s so true. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ means Jesus wants us to love ourselves too.

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  2. Reblogged this on Following Your Feet and commented:
    This is an excellent read. So true. We truly are to love ourselves.

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  3. Geo Sans says:

    this morning
    admiring my 5 year old daughter’s
    imperfect teeth
    ~
    breathing out
    small moments of gratitude
    she’s so beautiful

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