Char asks for a very interesting thing today. She wants us to show ourselves some self-love and do something that is “us”.
That makes me physically smile.
I guess I am lucky in the respect that I am doing exactly what I love. Not perfectly, mind you, but I am doing it.
As I write this, I sit in Starbucks with my keyboard and tablet. I type away a thousand words to get through my posts for the day. I have a coffee sitting off to my right and my cellphone sitting off to my left. I have a comic book in my bag, Jim Lee and Claremont’s X-Men from the 90s, and the book “The Legends of River Song”. All these things I love sit next to my novella that I’ve spent more than half my life on.
What can be more perfect with ones life?
Of course, I could be doing all this and actually being paid for it. That would be a good thing. I would also love to not have the pain in my face, but that’s neither here nor there.
I am showing myself a lot of self-love together. Some might call it tough love, considering the amount of time I spend doing it all and the meticulousness that I do it, but it’s love nonetheless.
Each day is an amazing day that one can use to move forward with themselves. I have spent the last twelve years trying to turn myself into a writer, to love myself, and to just be okay with where I was at in the world. It took a lot to get me to do those things.
Writing was easy. I just needed to start publishing stuff online. To show self-love, I needed to get away from the things that turned me away from the person I wanted to be. Doing that also put me exactly where I needed to be to succeed. It’s been a long painful road, but I’ve actually made it to a point of self-love, even if path towards ‘excellence’ needs a little work.
So, I still have to do something that promotes self-love today. I know exactly what I will consider it. To promote self-love today, I am going to edit my novel. This is tough love. I hate editing and I do not necessarily think I am good at it, but I need to write 3,200 words everyday leading up to next Friday when this novella is completed and sent to the editor. Then, I will need to write just as many words the next few days to actually meet my next deadline.
I’m actually a bit excited, although I know as soon as I start I’m going to be exasperated. This is the kind of tough love that no one likes, but works out well in the end. It’s the kind of tough-love your parents tell you will teach you a lesson. This one is that hard work pays off, and that in the end, my story will be a bit better than it was. And that’s the kind of self-love I like to be apart of.
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