I feel like I’ve been talking about rest a lot, but it’s honestly because I need the reminders & reaffirmation. I also see a lot of attacking of others for not “making the most” of their days. We don’t know what other people may be carrying, what may be weighing them down & draining their energy. Or, simply, what they need. For example, at the ripe age of 27, I need naps. I am not lazy. It’s a fact of who I am. I strive to whole-ass everything I do, thus, not everything can be completed daily. If I work out, dishes may not get done. If I do 3 sessions, leaving my house is not an option that day. And I have to stop looking for people who seem to have more energy to understand that. I also need to stop comparing myself to them. Or feeling guilty when someone asks me what I did all day & the answer isn’t 20 million things. I’m paying my bills & keeping myself fed. As an entrepreneur. So I’m obviously working. But how I work doesn’t look or feel typical and I get caught up in self-judgment/comparison. I’ll probably keep talking about this as I continue to unpack it for myself. But the main thing I want anyone who may be feeling similarly to take away is: your day is yours. It doesn’t need to be justified to you or anyone else. ESPECIALLY if you’re Black. Our existence is work in & of itself. So rest when you need to. Both are necessary.