Hi! I'm Erin, a poet and writer living with complex mental illnesses.
I’m trying to understand myself, my relationships and an increasingly complicated world through the lens of my illnesses, treatments and craft.
Read more about me and my mental health history here.
an important note
This blog talks about mental illness in depth.
In saying that, I take care to not include, what I would consider, universally triggering information such as numbers, harmful behaviours, unnecessary specific details.
And also, the nature of triggers is very personal and even though I am trying my best to make this a safe place, there may be something discussed here that is specifically triggering to you. That’s okay.
Please take care of yourself while reading and check out this page for helplines and resources if needed.
what does “oldest wisest self” mean?
My oldest, wisest self is calm and grounded.
She is empathetic and accountable. She holds emotion and reason at the same time. She sets boundaries and honours them. She cares deeply for others but not at the cost of herself. She asks for help when she needs it. Forgives herself when she is wrong. Takes pride in herself when she works hard. She knows she is loved and valued even if people don’t articulate it all the time.
My “oldest wisest self” is a concept my psychologist shared with me. It lets me acknowledge that, even at the worst of times, I am powerful and have the ability to act in my best interests. It holds me accountable, reminds me of my skills and my past and how both enable me to safely navigate whatever I am feeling and experiencing.
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