Coming off a very busy week after an incredibly busy weekend hosting the first annual Fat Activism Conference. Over 30 hours of content with over 40 speakers in 3 days! Followed by two days this week of meetings and proposals and general running around regarding the next projects to come down the pike. I’m so excited! But…
But I’m continually surprised by how long I really need to recover from some of these things. Sure, I took a day off after a very intense weekend like I had. I knew I’d be tired for at least a day. But after age 40 after going like crazy for a week and not really getting any good sleep, I kinda have to remember that one day of resting up just might not do the trick.
At the end of yesterday’s meetings and running around, I found myself spent. Like eat a PB&J for supper and sleep in my clothes spent. And I’ve decided that today, I would finally listen to the messages my body is screaming at me and take a little break.
Maybe I will get a massage. Maybe I’ll fit in some time for meditation or maybe just a nap. For sure I’m going to take time to find myself something wonderful to eat–something that nourishes my body and my soul. Because helping to change the world, even a little tiny bit, is a whole lot of work. And we have to remember that caring for others requires that we have energy. And having energy means that we have to have time and space for self care.
It’s like the old adage about the airplane oxygen mask. Make sure your mask is secure before you start helping other people with them. It’s not about being selfish. It’s about understanding that your effectiveness to help may be severely diminished if you are flopped over on the seat, gasping for air like a fish.
I am incredibly inspired by the speakers I heard this past weekend. I feel more motivated than ever to do the work that needs to be done to make the world a safer and better place for people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes, types and abilities. But this work will not be done in a day or a week. It won’t even be done in a year or a decade. So I’m going to stare at puppies and take a long nap. I’m going to eat something fabulous and listen to awesome music and dance in my undies. I am going to do what I need to do to rebuild my energy and gird my loins. So I am once again ready to fight the good fight.
Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)
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