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Do the best you can?

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

A lady with her eyes closed and the quote "do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better" Maya Angelou

I just saw this and it really resonated.

Throughout my Long Covid journey, I've always done what I thought was the best thing.

Looking back to my early attempts, I'm furious with myself for being so stupid - trying to push through?! Trying to push myself to exercise, adding stress, not recognising triggers, not listening to my body?

I spent the first year trying to do far too much - I thought it was the right thing to do, because it was all I had ever known.

I didn't know any better at the time.

I thought I was doing what was best, because I didn't know better.

There's no point beating myself up for things in the past - it's not helpful, in fact it's actively unhelpful.

Now I do know better - I've learned from a lot of my mistakes, and those of others. Now I treat my body & my mind with a lot more respect and a lot more care.

We are always learning, always improving ourselves. And that is beautiful. But it doesn't mean we should be angry at ourselves for the things we could have done better.

Perhaps I'm finally getting this self-compassion thing 😊❤️

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