This morning my family and I ran.
I ran, for the first time in three years.
I saw tree’s I have never noticed before, I saw dogs and families loving the outdoors and life in full colour.
We tag teamed around the park and we ran our hearts out.
Self care is one of the most important revolutions that any family can embark upon but unfortunately we just keep going and going till we drop. Excercise is a form of self care. Also eating simple, healthy foods to nourish our bodies. Sleep, time out, reading, reflecting, hoping, meditating…These are all ways that we refill our emptiness with beauty.
Self care is not a term a psychologist drops in a conversation when they want to sound intelligent.
It is just us taking time to look after ourselves in ways that no one else can.
“Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself. Trying to become smaller. Quieter. Less sensitive. Less opinionated. Less needy. Less me. Because I didn’t want to be a burden. I didn’t want to be too much or push people away. I wanted people to like me. I wanted to be cared for and valued. I wanted to be wanted. So for years, I sacrificed myself for the sake of making other people happy. And for years, I suffered. But I’m tired of suffering, and I’m done shrinking. It’s not my job to change who I am in order to become someone else’s idea of a worthwhile human being. I am worthwhile. Not because other people think I am, but because I exist, and therefore I matter. My thoughts matter. My feelings matter. My voice matters. And with or without anyone’s permission or approval, I will continue to be who I am and speak my truth. Even if it makes people angry. Even if it makes them uncomfortable. Even if they choose to leave. I refuse to shrink. I choose to take up space. I choose to honour my feelings. I choose to give myself permission to get my needs met. I choose to make self-care a priority. I choose me.” Daniell Koepke
What do you need in this season to find strength?
What about if looking after and loving yourself became the most amazing revolution that it affected everyone in your sphere of influence?
I am not talking about being selfish.
I am all about us working out what it is that we need and making it happen, because we are important.
Imagine, women taking time to find strength and hope by looking after themselves as much as they help others.
A revolution indeed.
Imagine if that was the legacy our children walked into.