We don't have to be everything to everyone.
It's high time we look inside and clear out all the gunk so we can think with clarity, listen effectively and speak purposefully. Often times we overload our lives with agenda's geared at people-pleasing and forget the most important person on earth is to please, self.
Wrong Priorities Even With The Best of Intentions
A video of Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, 77, surfaced as he gave a very confusing speech in front of a crowd in South Carolina this past Monday. According to Independent.co.uk, the former Vice President is quoted saying, "My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over, if you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden.” Earlier in the month he also mistakenly referred to New Hampshire and Nevada. The recent and past issues relating to the mental health of the former Vice President have many concerned and it shows in polls.
Former Vice President Biden is no stranger to tragedy, stress and high expectations. He has labored for many years as a public servant. That being said, he's also a man, a husband, and father. He has shared with the world his own first hand experience with death, and dying. He lost his first wife tragically many years ago, and his son Bo, a few years ago. It's safe to say Joe Biden has been grief-stricken for quite some time. The question is, has he giving himself the ample amount of time to heal and truly care for mind, body, and spirit?
Further, Former Vice President Biden's remarks earlier this week about his expectations for voters who elected Former President Obama is also alarming, as voters clearly have the freedom of choice, and with almost 12 years since his and former President Obama's term, much as transpired since then that warrants a steady mind and optimal health to handle the stresses of public office.
Putting Self First
We can certainly learn from the lives of others, right? So, we must ask ourselves is it worth it to forsake self-care at the expense of our own lives? How can we care for others, and represent them when we fail to represent for ourselves? I'm sure the Biden's go on vacation, and rest, but is rest enough? What about simply not taking on the responsibilities others can carry for themselves? Let someone else throw their hat in the race. What needs to be said here, is "Mr. Biden, you have done your due diligence as a partner, and public servant, now it's time to take care of you." This sounds great, but many neglect self and sadly regret not making self-care a priority, especially when faced with a terminal illness! We need to tell ourselves this every day: "take care of you!" If you don't who will?
If you notice yourself forgetting a lot, feeling challenged making a decision you're accustomed to, misplacing things, poor judgment, or confusing time or place, etc., it could be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. Make an appointment with your trusted physician.
Make Self-Care A Priority
You may just be burned out. Nevertheless, it's worth it to clear your calendar and get checked. It's time to step away, and take care of you! Mental health awareness should be a priority for everyone, from the young to the very old. Having these discussions should be the norm and no longer a taboo. Our loved ones should also take part in our care, such as telling us the truth upon noticing drastic changes, and offering support when needed.
No mater our position in life, mental health is an issue that affects everyone. Let's do a better job of discussing mental health honestly, timely, and finding ways to care for self even if we have a busy lifestyle.
Keep calm and self-care on!