Turning things on their head today and starting with a word – burden.
The definition (noun) states:
- a load, often heavy
- a duty or misfortune that causes worry, hardship or distress
- the responsibility for achieving a task
- the main theme of a speech, argument
- to load heavily
- to cause worry, hardship or distress
It’s common for people with a long-term illness to think of themselves as a burden on those who care for them, this includes those living with mental illness. However, my focus on the word burden is related to the burden I place on myself in everything I do, which then means I become a burden to myself… causing myself worry and distress.
I need to step back from my responsibilities, reduce the pressure I put myself under, focus on self-care and on managing the stuff I can’t step away from.
Sadly this means I won’t be continuing with my National Poetry Month poems, but as with most things in life we have to achieve a balance to keep ourselves in balance. And right now my emotional balance is way out of balance.