Greetings of the 2021-2022 school year.
I work in the LBCC advising center and one of my focus areas is health and wellness. I love advising and I love creative thinking about wellness – what it is, how to “do wellness” and all things that contribute to being a whole human being. In these weekly articles, my goal is to make you think. Even just one moment of “aha”. Learning something, challenging a belief, and providing food for thought. This is not about what is right or wrong in self-care and well-being. There are hundreds of wellness experts and articles to support many brands of the best _____________ to make you better, stronger, smarter, richer, balanced… Find what works for you.
We flawed human beings are sometimes in a game of comparison. You be you. You be you, and that’s enough.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
My 12 year old told me this joke the other day –
Dad says to son who is complaining about walking to school, “Son, when I was your age I had to walk 3 miles across the muddy, hilly farm fields to get to school”. Son says, “Dad, when Abraham Lincoln was your age he was President”.
Comparison. If you look around, you will always find (or perceive) others as
- more together
- having more money or friends, connections
Or those who have less, or aren’t as cool
So what? Nobody gets out of life alive. Nobody wins.
The best we can do is both to be our best self and be intentional to not judge others.