A Love Letter to Myself
Monday, February 17, 2014
I almost did not do this. I am down to about one hour and I can go for the extra points to help out my team or I can discreetly ignore this assignment.
But here goes:
I love myself because I have a great memory and am curious. I want to know what the Greeks did and I want to know all about my great-great grandparents. I want to know what London smelt like when Shakespeare was about the town. I want to know what the Queen REALLY thinks.
I love myself because I try not to forget the poor, the weak, the disenfranchised, the workers who toil for so very little. I love myself because I give away money to politically progressive causes and I will stand up and say that income inequality is repugnant and inhumane. Sure, maybe if it's in a degree of 100% or so---the poorest earn 100K and the richest earn a million maximum...
I love myself because I try to figure out how cats and dogs and fish and mice think. What are their passions? What is their inner narration? What dreams do hamsters have when they sleep?
I love myself because I care, really care, about the arts and humanities and am impressed by the sciences.
I love myself because I try to be kind whenever I can. And if I am not kind, it's because I have been provoked. I love myself because I visit people in hospital and I do not shy away from death beds.
I love myself because I never forget the humanity that has passed before my own eyes nor the humanity that suffers across the world nor the humanity that suffered to bring the world forward.
I love myself because I never never never go to Walmart. Never. I will not put money into the hands of that obscenely wealthy family from Arkansas who have stripped the mom and pop stores out of existence and who treat their employees like dirt. I love myself for boycotting fast food places.
I love myself because I understand why some people have to go to Walmart and eat fast food. I know that options are limited.
I love myself for not thinking that everyone has to be like me.
I love myself for being an enthusiastic member of the audience.
I love myself for knowing so much about classical music and poetry and literature.
Now if only I could take better care of myself and love myself enough to avoid unwholesome foods.