Here’s your reminder to take up as much space as you need or want. Take up space with your physical body, with your voice, and with your thoughts and ideas. The world has plenty of room for you.
No one has it 100% together, but most people only post when they do. So remember that that “perfect” person you idolize (or maybe loathe), is probably not so perfect after all.
Healthy eating includes all foods at all times. It’s about eating what you want when you want, while also eating to properly nourish your body. Healthy eating is a form of self care, not self punishment.
As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. Is there anything more true than that statement? How many times have you been feeling pretty good about your accomplishments, only to see what someone else is doing and instantly feel bad about yourself? The comparison you see online or hear about in person truly is the thief of your joy.
In recovery, we learn to separate ourselves from our illnesses. We create new identities for ourselves based on who we were before our illness, but sometimes we can’t remember back that far. Or sometimes we’ve changed so much that person no longer feels like who we are. Not a problem! Just consider who you want to be. What do you want your ideal self to look like? You get to create your own narrative.
Sometimes, we want to give ourselves time to think it through, plan, or start small. We may not feel ready, even though we are. But here’s your sign that whatever you have you’re waiting for, right now is the time to start. You don’t need to keep waiting, because you may never actually start the longer you wait.
Have you ever gotten through another long week and been really proud of yourself for surviving, only to hear about someone who landed their dream job right out of school or who got a book deal, or who’s getting married, or who just bought the perfect house… ? There’s always going to be another person with a bigger success than yours at different times. Even if you achieve your ultimate goal- the most successful thing you can think of- someone will have done more than you.