When being your best doesn’t feel like enough

Every Thing Will Be Fine art print by Wanker & Wanker on Society6

I started off this week feeling like I had tiger blood running through my veins. A great weekend set me up for a great week, and I went into Monday feeling motivated, determined, and confident. That good feeling carried me until yesterday morning, when I suddenly hit a wall.

I’m going to blame it partially on coming down with a cold, but I started to feel run down and irritable. Instead of focusing on all I could accomplish in a day, I had to focus just on making it through the day. We were supposed to go out last night, but I couldn’t muster up the energy to be social.

My definition of “best” is different at different times. Sometimes I can push through, and I’m better for it. Other times, though, I really just want sweatpants and ice cream. I need to accept those times and move on, without feeling guilt. The trouble can be knowing when to push yourself and when you’re at your limit. Being sick is an easy excuse, but there are other times when it’s not so clear what’s sapping your energy. It takes truly knowing yourself and being forgiving.

We strive to be the best versions of ourselves, but the goal sometimes seems insurmountable. The thing is, we can reach our best. We just need to recognize that “best” is a fluid notion, and it varies with circumstance. There’s nothing wrong with identifying and working toward what you define as your true best self, but also remember to be kind if your expectations fall short. Focus on being your best self based on the day, and take the time to recognize your achievements–whether that’s conquering the world or simply getting out of bed.

Here’s to being our best selves today–sweatpants included.

Tell me: What’s your comfort routine? What do you do to motivate you when you’re feeling “less than” your usual self?


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