It’s time for the quote of the week. I want to read more poetry again, especially since I’m planning of having a calm and productive weekend. Unlike the last one, where I was dancing until 4am and had a lot of fun, but also can notice how it wears down my chronically ill body afterwards. This weekend is comprised of tea and baking and studying and hopefully poetry. And I won’t feel bad about any of it, that’s the plan at least. So. Over to the quote, and how I weirdly relate to it.
It’s from one of Anne Sexton’s letters to Stanley Kunitz. I’ve been struggling physically and mentally this week. I should be better, I expect to be better. People have told me I’m tough often this past two weeks, past two months even. I needed it to be said before, I’m somehow past that point now. What I need is someone to tell me I don’t need to be tough anymore, and for it to be true. “You’re tough, you’ve made it this far”. Yes, but I won’t be able to keep it up. The thing about surviving is that you do it until you don’t, and then it’s too late. So instead of going deep into that, comparing myself to a cooked broccoli is what I am going to do at least once next week. That’s a goal if I’ve ever heard one. Hope your week was great and if you have any thoughts on this let me know.
What a great quote. There’s so many quotes and inspirational still about how great being tough is, but sometimes it’s like, I don’t wanna be tougher, I just want to have a nice day 🙂
Thanks for sharing and hope things improve!
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Yeah I think the quotes we take notice of should also be the fun or silly ones. Inspirational quotes are great if they have some context and meaning given to them, but sometimes you just feel like a cooked broccoli and it’s important to convey that as well, haha.