Day 0 of 100: Self Love Challenge Accepted

In the midst of the Corona Virus battles, I woke up today, the 10th of July, remembering a declaration I had made at the start of 2020. On this random Friday morning, I remembered that I had declared 2020 a Self-Love year. Perhaps the time of the year had something to do with it. Being a December baby, I had always preferred the 2nd semester of the year ushered in the month of July. But then, I argued, the year had totally changed on all of us. How realistic was it to pursue any vision that was made pre-corona days? 

I spent the day trying to talk myself out of it. The challenge, as I received it, was to undertake a 100 day journey looking at various “tools” to explore as part of expressing and experiencing self love. The real challenge was that, I would go live, on camera, chat for 15 minutes every day and share my inspirations starting on the 11th of July. Yes, the very next day. By the end of the day, I had accepted the challenge, part of me even excited. I was excited that I would have something else to focus on than just the gloom and doom that was brought by the SARS-COV-2. 

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I do not possess one of the sharpest memories and the habit of forgetting stuff seems to be getting worse instead of better. Shonda Rhimes, in her book 'A Year of Yes', captures our problem clearly when she says, about her memory: "My brain, she is old. Really old. Gumming-her-food old... My memory sucks... Names are forgotten, details of one event are switched with another... The insides of my brain are a fading photograph, stories and images drifting away to places unknown. Leaving patches of nothingness where a name or an event or a location should be... My memory is ever-so-slowly being replaced by blank spaces. The details of my life are disappearing. The paintings are being stolen off the walls of my brain. It’s exhausting. And confusing. And sometimes funny. And often sad." I, therefore, rely on tools to capture anything I consider important to remember so that I can easily come back to them and remind myself. This serves as that space for me. Anything I capture here is for my benefit later on. Later on is sometimes that same day, the next day, a week later, a month later, etc. ♥️

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