We are all our own worse critics:
- Should do….
- Shouldn’t do…
- Should’ve done…
- Shouldn’t have done…
My “to do” list has grown to a Master To-Do List with infinite sub-lists. The bright and shining people talk about “bucket lists” and we are in awe when we see them tick off items when the best we can do is languish on our sofas in despair. This is what depression does to one.
I have stolen an idea from President Obama. He recently spoke at the annual 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. This man is a comedic genus. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to watch:
Mr. Obama says that he has been asked if he had a bucket list. He said, no, he had another list, implying a “f*ck it list.” What a great idea!!!! Life hasn’t been easy for some of us. We have to start where we are and keep in mind what we’ve been through. We need to not judge ourselves harshly for what we have or haven’t done, but appreciate what we have done that has moved us forward, one baby step at a time, at our own pace. So… here’s a starter F*ck It List for anyone who is feeling discouraged:
- Didn’t get the garbage out? F*ck it.
- Didn’t mow the lawn? F*ck it.
- Wasn’t up to washing the dishes? F*ck it.
- Didn’t go to the gym? F*ck it.
- Ate potato chips for dinner? F*ck it.
- Laid awake all night wishing the stars would twinkle? F*ck it.
- Indulged in a cold bottle of beer? F*ck it.
- Stumbled over a pile of dust-bunnies? F*ck it.
- Didn’t get that resumé out today? F*ck it.
- Had a weekend movie marathon? F*ck it.
- Didn’t change the world? F*ck it.
If you managed to get out of your house and smile at ONE person, you’ve done all that needs doing. And if you didn’t manage to get out of the house, smile at yourself in the mirror. You deserve love as much as anyone, and you can accomplish that by being as kind and gentle with yourself as you would be to someone else.
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