As much as I would like to, I am not a robot. I cannot achieve perfection all the time. Let’s be honest, I’m extremely perfect at anything at any moment.
In our society, we often consider anything less than greatness to be failure.
Dealing with mental illness also makes it difficult to always have a handle on my emotions. What I have learned on my path of recovery is that mental health isn’t about being positive all the time or being in absolute control over your emotions. On the contrary, it’s about identifying your emotion and processing them, feeling them and moving on.
“You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, or anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It’s makes you human.” – Lori Deschene
I used to have such a long “to do” list and felt like a failure every time I didn’t get it all done. Often we are in such a hurry to reach our goals that we forget to be patient with ourselves.
Dealing with chronic illness thought me the importance of listening to my body and taking time to rest. It also made me realize the importance of prioritizing and letting go of that image of the perfect life. It’s amazing how beautiful life can be when you appreciate what you have.
“Life is about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes, it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down and kick-back, and do nothing.”
I’m find pride in being present and putting an effort. I feel pride on what I’ve achieved, not what I failed to accomplished.
“It’s not about perfection. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” – Unknown