1. Trying to be perfect is a waste of time.
Whether you realize it or not, every single person in the world is insecure about some part of their life.
No matter how many times you "fix" something you dislike about yourself, there will always be something else you find that you dislike.
Perfection has become a distorted concept. It's different for everyone, so trying to achieve it is, well, pointless.
The time to abandon the self sabotaging voice in your head is now. Make a conscious effort to love and accept ALL of yourself.
You are perfectly imperfect.
2. There is no "right" time.
This applies to the exact situation that popped into your head when you read the above statement!
If you're waiting for the perfect moment to do something, you're never going to get it done.
Whether it be finishing that piece of art you started six months ago, beginning the recovery process, or just getting out of bed, the time is right now.
Why wait for the perfect moment when trying to be perfection doesn't exist?
3. It's okay to say no.
Do you know how long it took me to even begin to comprehend this concept? Basically my entire life. I'm still trying to figure this out, honestly.
I remember sitting in my seat at a monthly meeting for an organization I volunteer with, and just cringing. I had just said yes to designing a logo, creating a website, writing an article, and speaking at an upcoming event. As we were about to adjourn, someone asked me to do one last thing. The word "no" slipped out from between my lips before they could even finish their sentence. I was SHOCKED with myself!
But, oh, it felt so good to stand up for myself and admit that I just had too much going on to take on anything else!
Exercise your right to say no. It's okay!
Sometimes it seems that even the most mundane actions you take daily (from waking up in the morning, to brushing your teeth before bed at night) are inhibited by the harsh voice in your head. The one that says, "You can't do it. You can't."
Sometimes it feels like you're suffocating, from the sound of that voice, from the fear that it sounds just like your's.
In those moments (when all you see is dark, when all you can feel is empty, when all you hear is that "can't" voice in your head) remember this: You Are Not Broken. You are not broken.
You have to know: steady breathing does not come easy, but it does come. There will be a day when you wake up and bathe in the sun's warmth, there will be a time when this hurt is nothing more than a fading memory.
Until then, inhale. And exhale. Breathe. Know that you are loved, beyond belief.
Know that you are strong, know that you are whole - because you are, You Are Whole. Know that this isn't your fault. It was never your fault.
Know that your best is enough. Think back, and remember: you have already been through the worst day of your life - you can get through it again.
Know that You Can. You can, you can - You Can.
Know that things will get better. It may be dark now, but this is not the end.