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There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable:
I love. I have loved. I will love.
― The Time Traveler's Wife
It took me a long time to realize this:
We get to choose what defines us.
―Sarah Addison Allen
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hah i think everyone can do yoga and enjoy it! gender doesn’t matter a bit.
hah thank you!! i definitely think yoga can help tone your legs - holding deep lunges and planks work your quads and calves a lot! also stretching can help keep your muscles long and strong.
thank you, anon. this is terribly kind of you to say.
i think one great way to work toward loving yourself is to learn to be content with yourself. spend time with yourself. yoga helped me with that because it brought me a lot of peace to just get into the mindset of slowly stretching out each muscle, appreciating them all, and reaping the benefits of that. feeling more limber and healthier. it forced me to spend time with myself and really enjoy myself and my body and everything it can do.
spending time with yourself also helps you get to know yourself. find out what it is you really like - things you like to do, things you like about yourself, things you wish you could improve. are you an introvert, extrovert, ambivert? put yourself in social situations or create social situations that make you feel good about yourself. take out unnecessary pressures and just do what you like. start doing whatever you want and stop caring about how others perceive you because it literally matters 0. if you’re doing your thing and you are happy with yourself and the way you are living, the opinions of others do not matter whatsoever. similarly, if you are living in a way that is true to who you are and what you value, i believe that you will find like-minded people who will be positive forces in your life. it may take awhile, and you may have to be alone for awhile, but that’s okay because you’re content with yourself and you will know goodness when it comes around.
hope that helps and/or made any sense!
hi! yes, i’ve grown a lot since i was 21. this past year of my life (starting around this time last year) was a huge period of change and self-discovery for me and i grew up a lot in just about every aspect of my life (academic, personal, familial etc.). a lot of it was self reflection and acknowledging the parts of myself i could work on and the parts of myself i needed to accept. the parts of myself i wanted to embrace and the parts i needed to let go of in order to move forward. i know it sounds cliche, the whole “loving yourself is a revolution” thing, but it really was true for me and loving myself was a game changer. it all stemmed from that. when i started loving myself i was able to stop looking for validation from others and just focus on being a positive force in their lives because i didn’t need anything from them. i’m okay doing my own thing and i am completely content with myself. loving myself helped me love better and made my relationships so much stronger. it also allowed me to guiltlessly make decisions based off what i want and need without worrying about the opinions of others, which is incredibly liberating. loving myself helped me feel grateful. being grateful for things (including myself) causes a chain reaction that makes you see more things to be grateful for.
i am incredibly happy with how things have turned out. i am exactly where i would have hoped to be at this point in my life. in fact, i’m even better off than i would have ever hoped to be at 21 because at that point i couldn’t foresee the deep friendships i would forge in the last 3 years. i have made, valued, and maintained better friendships in the last 2 years than i ever had in the first 22 years of my life and the people i am lucky enough to be close to honestly floor me every day. i never thought i’d ever be the girl to have best friends. i never was that girl growing up. whenever i had girl friends, i had that feeling of “would they really notice if i wasn’t here? if we weren’t friends?” and i thought i was destined to be in those kinds of friendships forever. but i have people who support me and care about me and i never take that for granted because i never expected to have it.
in terms of academics, i knew going into my undergraduate degree that i would pursue graduate work. it was around when i was 21 that i discovered the field of speech pathology and knew i had found my calling. i had hoped to have started my graduate work 2 years ago when i first applied, but i knew going into it that i was attempting to get into one of the single most competitive graduate programs in the country so despite it taking a bit longer, i know it was worth the effort. i knew i didn’t want to stop being a student, (i knew if i got out of the student mindset i’d never want to go back and i’d regret it) so i got a master’s in research that i hadn’t anticipated pursuing, and i am SO glad it worked out this way. i love research and i know i’ll be a better clinician for it. and hey, now i’ll have 2 master’s degrees by the time i’m 26, instead of one. not too shabby.
so yes, very happy. i’m (nearly) 24, about to start my second master’s degree in a city near my family, and i am incredibly well-loved. i also love well. and i run half marathons. so, so happy.
THANK YOU ANON THIS MAKES ME FEEL SO LOVELY!my phone only gave me the first line of this message in my ask (the all caps part) and I didn’t see the rest until I responded, haha. all of this makes me so happy and thank you so much for thinking so highly of me. keep on keepin on :)
yep, it’s a master of science in speech language pathology. I’ve been here six years, I’m ready for a new city! I also think attending different schools gives you more perspective and variety of experience. I didn’t even apply to mcgill for that reason.
I am! moving home to Nova Scotia this summer. (not my childhood home, but home province nonetheless.) don’t even get me started on missing montreal - I grew up here. from a dumb 18 year old to a real adult in this city. it’ll always have my heart and I couldn’t have asked for a better six last years, honestly. made some of the greatest friendships of my life and had incredible experiences here. but I’m ready and excited for the next chapter of my life!
I’m taking clinical speech pathology! and yes I can’t wait to live in Halifax! I’m originally from the south shore of Nova Scotia so I’m very familiar with its beauty :) come off anon!
pressing up into handstand. when i can do that i estimate being upside down ~75% of the time for the week following my breakthrough.
it’ll likely take agessss though!