I was so impressed with his completed project, that I wanted to share. He is seventeen and any mom of a teenager will understand how special it is! Below is the picture he drew and the words that follow are his.
At first glance this circle may seem hectic. Perhaps even a bit chaotic and certainly rough around the edges but there is a method to the madness. The circle is imperfectly shaped and rough around the edges because so I am. In my mind that doesn’t make my circle or me any worse than others.
As the circle progresses toward the middle there is a slow but noticeable darkening in shade. This shows my insecurities, my fears, my depression. All of the things that get worse as I look deeper within myself. In the center, if only a little bit, there is Peace. At my core I have hope and tolerance, and that’s what keeps me going.
Incorporated into the design are musical notes and a rest. I don’t know who I am without music so these notes are as much a part of me as my hand or my heart. Music is at the heart of who I am.
My self care plan consists of treating my body better. I need to watch what I eat more and try ti get more sleep. If I want to function better in my everyday life, then I need to keep my body in better working condition. I also feel like I need to appreciate the little things more. I could stand to be happier a bit more often.
My Mandela is a glimpse inside who I am. It may seem simplistic and it may seem odd but that’s just who I am.
Sure, as a parent I would rather my son never feel depressed or experience insecurities but I understand that he is a person and not just my child. These are things that all of us deal with and I am encouraged that he is in touch with how he feels and able to express it.
To read his self care plan and know that all the things I harp on are things he would like to improve…there is light at the end of this parenting tunnel! 😉
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