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Kagome: Talk about a moment that changed your life.
Shippou: What’s one of your favorite snack foods?
Miroku: Would you like to have kids some day? If so, how many?
Sango: Talk about one of…
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I think tumblr has left a lot of us emotionally stunted. This is a great community for empowerment, catharsis, or coping, but those things aren’t recovery in and of themselves. Comparatively, they’re easy when compared to the painful self-reflection and real-world scenarios you’ll have to encounter on the road to true recovery. Not only does Tumblr not focus enough on recovery, but there’s almost a disdain here for the very notion.
There’s a lot of time spent validating everything. “Your symptoms are valid! Your responses are valid! Your depression is valid! Your coping is valid!” Well, yeah, all that stuff is definitely valid, and understanding that is important step in recovery, but it’s certainly not the final step. All that stuff is valid in the same way a baby chewing on a teething ring is valid, and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about if your recovery is still in its infancy, but Tumblr almost encourages you to stay there, to never grow out of it.
There’s a difference between what’s valid and what’s healthy, what’s best for you. I recently saw a post that validated people who stay in their room all day. Is that a valid response to anxiety? Sure. Is it a healthy response? Hell no, and there isn’t a person on Earth who can convincingly make the argument that the best thing you can do for your anxiety is to never leave your room.
Or how about those “how to care for a _________” posts? They’ve got some great tips there, and a lot of what they say is true, but you cannot reasonably expect people to coddle your issues, insecurities, or self-perceived inadequacies. Your recovery has to come from you. It has to be a difficult decision you make with yourself and carry through with because you need it. Your recovery can’t come from hoping other people will validate you.
No one should be ashamed of where they are in their recovery process, but there’s also no reason why you should be in the same place with your issues as you were in 2010.
Your final goal is not validation. It isn’t empowerment. It isn’t finding a way to get through the day. It isn’t being comfortable with your problems, nor is it accepting that they’ll never go away. The final goal is health. The final goal is happiness. The final goal is contentment. The final goal is recovery.
Myers Briggs By Seven Deadly Sins
INFJ: Pride, sloth, gluttony
ESTP: Lust, pride, gluttony
INTJ: Pride, sloth, gluttony
ESFP: Lust, pride, envy
INFP: Wrath, envy, sloth
ESTJ: Wrath, pride, greed
ESFJ: Wrath, pride, envy
ISFJ: Pride, wrath, greed
ENTP: Pride, wrath
ISTJ: Greed, wrath
ISFP: Wrath, envy, lust
ENTJ: Pride, gluttony, greed
ENFJ: Pride, wrath, gluttony
-Anubis: How do you feel about death?
I have an interesting view on it. For a very long time it was the light at the end of the tunnel. It was the only option. I had a very unhealthy relationship with the idea but I’m happy to say that has changed for the better. Death is just something that happens, it’s sad and should be mourned/celebrated depending on how that person wanted to be looked back on. However, it is something that never scared me.
-Osiris: Do you believe in the underworld?
This is a complicated question. I cannot prove that there is or isn’t. I like the idea of it existing, but that’s just my imagination running wild. Sorry, I don’t have a solid answer! I’m open minded to either option!
-Olwen: What’s your favorite flower?
Amaryllis are beautiful. I cannot even explain it. Lilies and roses are in my top favorites, but nothing symbolizes grace and recovery quite like the amaryllis does for me personally. Regardless of it’s true meaning.
-Hekate: Have you ever tried to communicate with the dead?
Ah yes. My home growing up was haunted and I attempted to communicate with the supposed spirit that was wreaking havoc on me and it was an interesting experience.
-Vesta: Do you like being home or do you try to get out whenever you can?
I’m a true busy body. I like going places and having adventures. But there are plenty of times where sitting at home with a hot cup of tea and a movie sounds just as lovely as going to Disney World with my friends.