I look at the world, a world
which holds so many broken people
and I cry
because I can’t fix all the broken people,
no, I cannot fix so many,
no matter what different strategies I try.
I see the broken people on tv
my heart splinters into a thousand pieces
broken apart just like they are
because I want to save them and it seems there’s no way to repair
so much damage
where to start?
so many broken people
and I want to save them but I do not stand a chance
unless I can first find a way to mend
my own heart.
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Some people say self-care is selfish
But I disagree. Before I started working on my own problems, I would never have dreamed about trying to make a better world for other people. I would give in to despair and say ‘there’s nothing I can do.’ Perhaps there’s not a lot that I can do, but I have a moral responsibility to do what I can, especially as I chose to bring two children into this world.
According to the latest David Attenborough documentary on Netflix, we may have just ten years to save the planet for humanity and for all the creatures with whom we share it. That’s the time it will take for my eldest son to reach adulthood. We can’t leave this to the next generation.
The world is broken, and we all need to do our bit to repair it. Begin by being kind to yourself.