Patience for yourself

A puzzle piece falling into place in the bigger puzzle.

Learning the strength in showing yourself patience and slowing down.

I used to be quite impatient with myself, perhaps it stemmed from me being a high achiever in primary school and being able to get good grades without much effort, I was always one of the kids who picked up spelling very quickly and any arts and crafts project was a breeze. But these things began to change as I entered high school and uni. I became less inclined to try new things. What if I’m not good at it? I became easily demotivated. I decided very quickly for myself that I’m no good at this thing and gave up. 

I noticed I became unhappier as my friends around me pursued their favourite hobbies. I looked up to them and respected them as they went ahead with doing what they loved. But when it came to me starting a new drawing project, I’d immediately be so hard on myself to get it perfect. 

I didn’t want this cycle to continue, I want to move on and continue to try new and exciting things. So, I’m going to try and be more patient with myself, and allow myself the opportunity to improve. In such a fast-paced world, it’s hard to be okay with taking little steps at a time, but the rush can be counterproductive, making yourself more prone to error without slowing down. I want to take the time to make small changes of progress and trust myself that things will work out, and if they don’t have the resilience to try again rather than give up.

Tagged in What messes with your head, self-care