Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. I always feel like I squandered my twenties by being toxic and a burden to those around me; I was constantly feeling sorry for myself and everyone I knew. No amount of assurances or kindness can make up for the constant inner critic that gnaws at me. And, even when I made amends to those I had hurt and they had forgiven me, I was still carrying this burden, never truly forgiving myself. But then my current therapist taught me that what I lack the most is self compassion for myself, that I was kind to everyone but myself, and I'm hoping that slowly but steadily, I can learn to develop self compassion and forgive myself for the mistakes I've made in the past.

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This is such a unique and insightful piece of content, a welcome change from the 'hustle porn' content that has recently flooded my Medium feed. I was (and possibly still am) a self-proclaimed productivity junkie, and it took a toll on me because I reached a point where I wondered where this was going to lead me, what would happen if I became Tim Ferris or other self-productivity gurus? Will I be content then? Then it dawns on me that I don't even know if Ryan Holiday or Tim Ferris are happy despite their morning routines, and productivity gurus are unlikely to show us those mornings or days when they are just slouching around and doing nothing.

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Azarine Kyla Arinta

Dedicating myself to digital media and tech for social issues. Communications Manager at Amnesty International in Indonesia.