“I’m packing you an extra pair of shoes and your angry eyes, just in case.”

The title quote is by far one of my favorites of all time. It’s Mrs. Potato Head from Toy Story and it leads me to today’s post.

It seems for so many years I have been scared. Scared of confrontation. Scared of boundaries. Scared of speaking up, of being heard. Of not being stepped on. Of being judged. Quite honestly, I’m done with that.

Some would like to think that comes with age but really, I’m just fed up. With today’s current political climate. With everyone always telling me: how to feel, how to act, what to believe, who to vote for.

It’s not that I don’t want to hear anyone’s opinions. Knowledge is power after all and I don’t want to be ignorant, but I do want to live my life without judgment or constant advice on what I should or shouldn’t be doing.

If I get a tattoo I’m getting one. That’s that. If I quit a job or get a new one, that’s my decision. Who I vote for, what I eat. I’m sorry but I’m not a vegan. I don’t do yoga. I’m quite fat. I love carbs. I cuss like a sailor. I’m brutally honest.

You know what else though? I will love you regardless of anything and through everything. I will always call you back if you call me. I will always be here to listen. I will support your decisions no matter what. I will hold you up, not break you down. I will carry you when you can’t stand. I will give you the last of my food if you’re hungry, and if need be, I’ll pack my angry eyes, just in case.

Categories: Addiction, Anxiety, bipolar disorder, Depression, Mania, Mental Health, OCD, PTSD, Self Esteem, self-care, Writing


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