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Mental Health

I Think the Unnecessary Gratitude Will Always Be There

There was a meme that got really popular a while back that advised people who were dating folks who had been abused in the past. They’ll be grateful for little things, the meme said. And they’ll try to thank you for that. You need to discourage that behavior, the meme advised.

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Mental Health

I’m Staring Down a Slippery Slope & Feeling Vertigo

“You know how you always want more for the people you love?” he says. “We want that for you, too.”

I sigh. I can piece together what he’s saying, connect the dots, and understand how it makes logical sense. But it’s so hard for me to feel it.

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Mental Health

Sometimes Love Can Look Like (Temporarily) Lowered Expectations

Maybe temporarily lowered expectations is a form of self-love I can actually get behind. Not the self-aggrandizing kind of self-love where I think I’m all that and a bag of chips or can do no wrong. But one where I can extend a little grace to myself when I’m struggling, allow myself a slower day without guilt. A self-love where I can trust myself to catch up later on the slack I’ve cut myself.

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