The mountain

If the mountain seems too big today then climb a hill instead

if the morning brings you sadness it’s ok to stay in bed

if the day ahead weighs heavy and your plans feel like a curse

there’s no shame in rearranging

don’t make yourself feel worse

if a shower stings like needles and a bath feels like you’ll drown

if you haven’t washed your hair for days

don’t throw away your crown

a day is not a lifetime, a rest is not defeat

don’t think of it as failure

just a quiet, kind retreat

it’s ok to take a moment from an anxious, fractured mind

the world will not stop turning while you get realigned

the mountain will still be there when you want to

try again

you can climb it in your own time

just love yourself til then


Laura Ding-Edwards