The last few months are a blur. By that, I mean this school semester that just came to a close. I have had the last 2 days to relax, decompress, and honestly act ridiculously lazy (actually a difficult task for me). Within this slowing down, I have discovered some very hurtful and dark feelings. I knew they were still there, I have just become very skilled at pushing them away when I need to.
I made the choice to prioritize my education the day I decided to go back to school. I feel it is more of a sacrifice when you are in your thirties, already have a life full of responsibilities, and then add in a full school schedule. Still, this is a sacrifice I chose to make. Perhaps I never thought I would take it this far. But, the more I learn and the more I strive, the more successful I imagine my future. I’ve always wanted things I couldn’t have and often times than not, those things (traveling, buying presents for my friends and family on special occasions, being healthy, taking vacations, affording basic necessities…) have been hindered by lack of financial support. I don’t want to forever deprive myself of certain pleasures and experiences like I always have. Point being, I am endlessly working hard in order to accomplish my goals. I never let myself forget that.
But along the way, I have lost myself. I have lost my spark; my silly, happy, witty, joking, fun, lively, joyous self. I miss that girl. I long to have her back.
It will be 3 whole months before I return to school. One more year until I complete my degree. I know that I cannot wait until then to start practicing some self-care. It feels urgent that I start taking care of myself again. I need to laugh, breathe, sing, dance, yoga, exercise, cook, write, explore, and live. I want to shine again. I need to.
I don’t know if anyone even reads these words I write. But if anyone happens to see this and knows what it is like to fall down a dark endless path and feel like you can barely breathe because it hurts that horribly, please hear this:
You are going to be okay and so will I. Don’t forget about your shine.