But every time I get to that deep, dark place, I remember something someone told me once. Filled with her own insecurities as a single mom, she realized there were some things she couldn’t give her child. She would make mistakes. She wouldn’t be perfect. But she also had a well of experience and wisdom to pull from. She was going to learn and grow with her child, and do the best she could with what she had.
I think that’s the best thing any of us can do. You might be entering a relationship, parenthood or other role with a feeling of inadequacy and guilt because of an illness or past mistake. But think of all the things you’ve already experienced and learned. The fact that you’re here, reading this, demonstrates a tremendous amount of responsibility, self-efficacy and a desire for self-improvement. The best gift you can give someone isn’t an illness-free, baggage-free life, it is self-awareness and the courage to get up and try again.
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