The following is what I have learned in the last three months about my post-divorce self.
I am beautiful. Not Cosmo beautiful but I am unique and beautiful.
I am resourceful. Yes food has just become a medicine that keeps me off of medicine. I can handle the air being off.
I am not perfect and that is more than okay. I am not supposed to be perfect, perfect people are boring.
My outlook on life is funny and entertaining.
I like music and it is finally back in my life.
I am not a perfect Mom and that is okay. My son now laughs and sings more when we are home. Now it isn't just my responsibility to make sure everything is done it is my son's responsibility as well.
I don't need to be taking drugs for anxiety. If I am angry, I am just that angry. If I am sad, I am sad. If I am happy then I am happy. If I am nervous I stop and look around and find out why.
I am not here to please anyone and I do not have to answer for being who I am. My contract is with God and his wonderful universal creation. He made me; therefore I do not have to change for anyone except myself.
I like flowers; so once a week I made a promise to myself to spend 5-10 on flowers for myself.
Other people’s opinions of me are none of my business.
I sat down a few months ago and decided to do a little soul searching, and this is what I discovered. Fear of the unknown has held me hostage. I went through all my what ifs and answered them all.
What if I loose the house? Answer: I will find another place to live. I have lived in my car before and survived.
What if I get laid off? Answer: I will find another job; I will probably find something better.
What if I get sick? Answer: I will get better or I will die, either way it is a mute point.
What if no one likes me? Answer: I have two beautiful sons and friends I did know I had and I talk to the god that made me every day. I am not alone and they all love me for who I am.
What if the power goes off? Well I know how to cook on a fire and I know how to make fire.
What if my ex gets married? Who cares, it is none of my business and I am not expected to buy a gift anyway. Double bonus.
What if my house is dirty? If you are coming over to see my house then you can clean it to your standards. I will talk to you when it meets your standards.
What if my car breaks down? I am smart and I will fix it. YouTube rocks.
What if the water heater or HVAC goes out? I will fix it, if not I will make sure I have an emergency fund set up. Amazing how 5-10 dollars a week builds up.
What if I make someone mad? Is it something I could have done differently then I will apologize and make amends. If it is something I had no control over then they will get over themselves eventually.
What if I fail? Well it took me several months of falling down before I could walk. Secret is getting back up and trying again. I am good at picking myself up.
What if I am not good enough? I am Enough.
20-plus years of trying to make things better for someone else has taught me something really important. Unless that person is a helpless child then I am not responsible to make someone else happy. I am responsible for my children and myself when our needs are taken care of I will/can help others, if I feel moved to do so.
One last tidbit: all of the things I worry about I give it energy to come about. Where are you putting your energy?
Order of Operations: Love yourself. Love your children. Show gratitude for all the wonderful things that happen everyday. Forgiveness. Everyone is human and therefore we all make mistakes and have moments of stupidity. Forgiveness isn't for them as much as it is for you. Accept compliments and help when it is offered. If help is offered chances are someone thinks enough of you to want to help lift you up. You are a wonderful person, give back when opportunity arises. Compliments are free; find something to make someone else feel good about themselves. This is your life; it does not belong to anyone else. You are the one in control of this ship so sail on, the ocean is wide, choose your destination, open the sails and move forward.
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