What I Know
Navigating big feelings
Hello Dear One,
I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing over what to write this week. Personally, I’m feeling many things: grief and anger at world events, joy at spending time with family and friends – something which still feels miraculous – and exhaustion.
Getting out in nature helps, especially without my phone, but I’m struggling to switch off and find myself looking at the news late at night – which I know isn’t healthy.
Here are some other things I know:
It’s ok if you don’t know what to do or say. It’s ok if what you do or say feels clumsy. It’s ok if you need to lie on the floor for a while before you do or say anything.
You can take more than a minute to form an opinion. Your opinion can then change.
Honouring your own experiences matters. You don’t have to take on the weight of the world – expecting yourself to do so is unfair.
It’s always, ALWAYS beautiful to feel joy. We need more joy.
Talking to people matters. We don’t have to feel our feelings alone.
Take this as gentle encouragement to take up space on the page today and to be really, really honest. If this feels scary or daunting remember you can tear it up after – writing is simply a place to go, a place that’s yours. I know it helps.
Thanks for being here and being you.
MARCH in ME: Inner Critic
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This song has brought me immense comfort in uncertain times. I hope it can do something for you too.