When I started to tell my friends and family that I was going back to school, I kept using the phrase “it’s JUST my AA.”
Finally a good friend stopped me in the middle of our conversation to say “Mo…it’s not JUST an AA. It’s a goal that you are setting for yourself. No one can take that away from you, so you shouldn’t undermine what you’re doing”
I was shocked…then beyond thankful that my friend spoke up.
How sad was it that I had been underplaying my decision to continue my education?
Of course that made me think how this is not the first time I didn’t give myself the credit I deserve.
When I finally lost 25 pounds and kept it off for over a year, it was ‘just’ 25 pounds and it had ‘only’ been a year.
But keeping that 25 pounds off has been an accomplishment. I could have easily went back to my old ways and let that weight crawl back up.
I know some of you out there totally understand this feeling of ‘just’ and ‘only.’
It may just be me, but I feel that within the past 10 years we as a society have been made to feel that if we’re not perfect, we’re not worth anything.
I’m done with putting that pressure on myself. I will NEVER be perfect, but ‘just’ and ‘only’ will no longer be words I use negatively.
Instead I will applaud my accomplishments and be proud of the roads I choose to take to better myself.
What’s one thing you are proud of?