You won’t remember it, but once upon a time you were a baby. Yep, a little bundle of smallness, incapable of doing much for yourself beyond crying, chuckling, drinking as well as two other things ending in -ing.
We take it as read that a small baby is totally dependent on its primary care-giver for just about everything from sustenance to reassurance, and all that comes between.
As time goes by, however, you grew up, and it was no longer someone else’s job to take care of your body: its wellbeing was down to you. Before long it was you who decided what you’d eat and drink. It was up to you when you went to bed and got up. You were the final arbiter of whether or not you’d get any physical exercise.
Having someone else in charge isn’t great for your sense of independence, but it does relieve you of the responsibility for looking after yourself. It’s likely, though, that by now you’re the captain of your own ship when it comes to self-maintenance. It’s you, and you alone, who’s making those important decisions which are likely to have an important influence on your physical health, and in turn upon your emotional wellbeing.
But how seriously do you take this responsibility? Do you care as much for yourself as you might if you were looking after someone else, say? If the answer is yes, great: keep up the good work. If it’s a no, though (and that’s more likely) maybe it’s time to move this task up the importance ladder?
Be kind to yourself and look after that body of yours.
I do hope someone took really good care of you when you were tiny. Now, however, it’s your turn, although at least you shouldn’t have to cope with too much of that icky ‘-ing’ stuff.