This is a response to the article "We All Need Self-Reflection."
I like the author's article "We All Need Self-Reflection" because it made me think that I need to self-reflect more and take a breaks from life. As a multipotentialite person from a military family, I'm always on the go trying to people please everyone. Sometimes, that actually led to major burnt out for me. It wasn't healthy. I have not done enough self-reflection but I need to. My younger sister told me sometimes that I need to calm down, meditate to clear my mind, and reflect on the good things in life. I need to take her advice.
I have to say that the only times that I self-reflect in my life were when big life events happened to me. For example, after I graduated from college, I took sometime to self-reflect the past four years of my college career. I was drinking my favorite coffee at my local Starbucks looking back at each moment and thought about how I felt during those years. I had a mixture of emotions. Sometimes, I wish I did more in terms of extracurriculars and internships or I wish I socialized and partied more. I did reflect on what could have been if I made different decisions but what's done is done. I can't change the past. But it's okay. Cause life goes on. Self-reflecting on the past is a lesson for me to better prepare for the future.
Even though it can help me better prepare me for the future, self-reflecting itself can be both good and bad for me. I tend to overthink a lot, which is a habit I'm still trying to break. When I reflect back on things that I haven't been proud of from the past, I literally think about it a lot. However, like I mentioned before, I can't change the past and I should never dwell on the past. I should only reflect the good that happened to me like getting my first internship or choreographing my first dance by myself. I figure that I need to do that more.
I think everyone needs to take some time to take breaks and self-reflect the good from their personal experiences. We all need to get away from the current reality for a bit and relax. Life is too short and time passes a lot. Self-reflecting could bring peace to your mind and make yourself proud. I already know it did for me.