I am grateful for everyone who struggles with depression and related conditions, and chooses to keep going.
It’s not easy. You rock.
The radical act of self-affirmation — even when we feel like crap — is the root of all power, personal and collective. Our ability to make change rests upon our ability to believe in ourselves.
Believing in ourselves has never been more important. Our nation is on the verge of leadership by those who rule by force, lying, and manipulation. The attempts to tear people down will be many.
When we are hurting we are easier to hurt. We must resist attacks on our bodies, minds, and lives.
It should be noted that external realities are not the reason why you should love yourself.
Every day is the right day to stop taking shit from a brain that is working against you, to stop taking shit from other people, and to accept your body’s right to take up space just as it is.
There is nothing strategic about allowing anyone — including yourself — to treat you as lesser than.
Affirm your right to take up space. Embrace your right to pleasure and freedom from violence, including psychological violence.
If you can’t love yourself yet, just choose to keep going. Another day may allow you to get there. Truly this is the most radical thing you can do.
P.S. As I always say to someone I care about, “Keep pushing. It’s worth it.”