September 26, 2018 — Happy 27th Birthday to Me!
And not to mention… This is my 100th post!
Two years ago I posted: 25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years to celebrate my 25th birthday. Last year I added one more thing to that list (Twenty-Six) for my 26th birthday. This year, I want to keep the tradition going and share another life lesson that I hold close to me.
27. Remember to take care of yourself, too.
Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s essential. We often try our absolute best to take care of those around us, those we love and care deeply about, but in the process we forget that it’s important to take care of ourselves, too. There are times were we feel burnt out, spread thin, and are close to giving up because we’re trying to take care of everyone and everything else, but even then we don’t stop to take care of ourselves. You can keep pouring into others, but sooner or later, you may have nothing left to pour — and there is no way you can continue to pour out of an empty cup. Take care of yourself, make sure you’re at your best so you can be your best for others.
Over the past year, I’ve learned how important it is to take care of myself. I have a bad habit of working myself into the ground. When God tells me to rest, I make up whatever excuse I can to ignore it. The need I feel to get things done seems to always outweigh the option to hit pause. I was always so concerned about how or what those around me were doing, that I never realized I was trying to pour out of an empty cup. As crazy as it sounds, rest is still a foreign subject to me. When I start to get overwhelmed and frustrated, those around me begin to notice and have to remind me to pause so I can rest and take care of myself; mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I’m still learning what my limits are and what intentional rest and self-care should be in my life, and I hope you would, too.