“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants
Do you ever wonder how many of us fell into the self-loathing wagon? Why aren’t we naturally inclined to love ourselves. Does society reflect that much ICK that many of us in our 30’s 40’s and even 50’s are working hard at finding ways to care and nurture ourselves? What about our children? Will they spend 2, 3, 4 and even 10 years searching for their inner-love and their place in the world? OR… this is a doozy, are we put here on this planet to discover love within ourselves?
Hmm…. Interesting don’t you think?
Whatever the case may be, I am finding more and more ways to love the skin I am in, to love the person I am and to cherish her as I cherish my own children. The way I do this is by listening to me. I mean there is a voice in there, which I often ignored, but now when the voice says: Go go and draw I feel like drawing. I do it.
Being home on sick leave is really allowing me to pick and choose what I want to do. I have the freedom to lie down, to dance, to sing (when my kids are not their to block their ears of course). I can sit in my mini garden, or take a short walk with my dog and pull out my camera…. and I love to take really close up pictures of flowers, that at times, we think of as weeds. The photos are stunning, and I love to bring out the beauty in something that was once thought of as ugly.
So today…. day 7… One second at a time, I am going to do what my heart wants.. relax with my markers and doodle.
Remember, when it comes to our children, the more self-love we give ourselves, the more self-love they will give themselves. Maybe, just maybe, this pattern can be broken for generations to come.
“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”
Speaking of doodles, hop on over the Tracie Nichols’ Alchemy of the Earth. I just unveiled my latest doodle, and wrote a guest post titled Peas In A Pod