What does it mean to you when you hear the term "life worth living"? Does it make you think of the things that set your soul on fire, that make you so happy, or content, or satisfied with your life that you wouldn't want to switch lives with someone, even if you could?
This is a term that has come up time and time and time again in therapy. My therapist talks about how when I was engaging in my eating disorder behaviors, I was not working towards my life worth living goals or really living in a way that was worthwhile. I've always found that I do better in my recovery process when I have solid goals both in the short and long-term to progress towards.
I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of these life worth living goals, as they are the things that keep me super grounded in my recovery, even when I'm taking things a day or a minute at a time. These goals bring me back to where I want and need to be, and help me engage in positive behaviors that I need to get myself there.
Life worth living to me looks like this...
1. Graduation from my MPH program
2. Being able to explore my city without being held back by my mental health
3. Fully engaging and being present in my relationships with my family, friends, and partner
4. Being able to truly be a foodie in a city with amazing food-not held back by fear
5. Starting my first job in a community mental health setting
6. Inspiring others to open up about mental illness and invisible illnesses
7. Getting a PhD focused specifically on community mental health
8. Getting engaged, planning a wedding
9. Starting a family
10. Starting my own non-profit focused on mental health treatment, access, and advocacy
11. To impact one person's life
12. To not live life dictated by fear, struggles, or failure
13. Knowing that I did everything I could in life to make a difference and live fully and authentically
Below are some photos of what a rich, life worth living looks like to me:
Hi, I'm Charlotte! I'm a 24 year old navigating life in NYC and mental health recovery. I am passionate about public health and eliminating stigma.