You don’t have to punish yourself for being mentally ill or disabled.
Growing up, many of us heard a variation of the sentence “if you can’t go to school, you can’t watch television either!” - and the idea that we have to “punish” ourselves by refraining from doing things we enjoy when we can’t do something that we are expected to do has stuck with many of us. This can be a very toxic way of thinking, especially for disabled and mentally ill people.
This is me telling you that you do NOT have to punish yourself if you’re unable to live up to societal expectations.
You don’t have to “earn” the right to do things you enjoy by living up to societal expectations.
You don’t have to feel bad or guilty for being unable to live up to societal expectations.
You’re not any less worthy of good things for being unable to live up to societal expectations.
You’re allowed to make your days a little more enjoyable however you can.
Dammit, us mentally ill, disabled people who cannot manage a job or an education deserve a day curled up in front of the telly with our favorite snacks, binge watching our favorite series on netflix as much as the person with a college education who’s working a 9-5 job!