i am you...and you are me.
What's up everybody? I hope that you are well and if you're not..I hope that you are spending time with yourself or talking to someone safe to get what you need.
Here we are again with another "staying sane during COVID-19" post. If you missed the last post, don't forget to check it out here about loving yourself while we're inside. And what's equally important as self-care during this time...is remembering your "why".
As social distancing and stay-at-home orders are extended throughout the country, all of us are coming to terms with the fact that we will be working/studying from home for quite some time. Our new reality makes focusing on work, school, and/or our career goals challenging. But, do we have a choice? Because if we haven't learned anything else...we know that COVID-19 has forced us into a "new normal" for a long time coming. For most of us, responsibilities continue. Working continues. Taking care of family continues. Investing in a relationship/marriage continues. Parenting continues. And we're all just trying to stay on track as best as we can. Sometimes "the best we can" is rolling out of bed and simply breathing for the day. Sometimes "the best we can" is not over-exerting ourselves...and resting. Ultimately, "the best we can" is extending ourselves some grace and remembering why we do want we do.
I am guilty....of striving and not 'thriving'...of pleasing other people before checking in with me...of staying busy to avoid being with just 'me'...of waking up some days and feeling like all I want to do is sleep. I am guilty....of being downright unmotivated. I'll push myself...and push myself...working non-stop to get TO my goals that I lose sight of getting THROUGH....that I'm ready to throw in the towel when I don't see results quickly. It is in all these moments...we must remember our 'why'...remember why we started...why we push ourselves to get out of bed in the morning. Your 'why' may be a combination of reasons, and that's okay. But, your 'why' must be clear. It must be intentional.
I'm clear on my 'why'. I'm clear on why I've taken this unique journey into public health and why I started Dialosophy. Why I do what I do is because we, as women, are so special. I mean, we make up more than half the country. We're responsible for reproducing. We're vulnerable...and we have such very unique needs. And if those unique needs aren't met....we aren't thriving. And I want every woman to thrive in each area of their lives- physically, mentally, socially, economically. I want every woman to win. I want every woman to be and feel safe. I want every woman to feel beautiful and dare to be different.
And why do I want this for women? Perhaps selfishly, it's because it's the very things I want for myself.
I want this....because every woman has a story. I want this...because I am you...and you are me.
What's your why?