Secure your mask first, then offer assistance to those around you.
We hear it every time we fly. We know it by heart and we hardly ever pay attention to the flight attendants if we are seasoned travelers. Although I do, because it’s a common courtesy. No matter how many times I’ve heard it, I always stop and listen and look them in the eye. I let them know that someone cares about the mind numbing motions that they go through a gazillion times a day.
Everyone deserves to be listened to.
Which brings me to a point.
I had a conversation with an amazing friend recently and they brought up the idea of “self care”. Self care is not a new concept for me. I used to do it years ago and I recall my life going much more smoothly than it is now. I was thinner. I didn’t feel stressed. I didn’t feel the burden of the day to day that comes with motherhood. I meditated. I ran. I actually ate and drank whatever I wanted.
But here’s the thing that I found with “self care” ….. the universe wants you to be your best self. And if you can’t even care for yourself, how can the universe give you what you want?
Put another way….. If you don’t feel that you’re important enough, no one else will either. We all have our own agenda. And that’s ok. We need to make sure that our own needs are being met (but we shouldn’t be assholes in the process).
Today was a glorious example of self care. I haven’t had a day like today in a long time. I got up early and was able to make my son breakfast, lunch and snacks and help him off to school. Since my husband took our son to school I was able to relax a bit, catch up on things, drink some coffee and work out. I then proceeded to catch up on a tv show I’ve been wanting to watch. I understand that not everyone is able to relax in the morning as I was able to today. And even I don’t get that luxury every day. But a funny thing happened, because I was able to make time for myself this morning, the rest of the day flowed by so smoothly. People were pleasant to me. I was more patient. I felt more confident.
I think that I need to be more selfish more often so that I can be a nicer person in general. And I owe that to myself.