Acceptance: OK With “Not OK” (Dear Cookie Monster)

Acceptance: OK With “Not OK”

Dear Fifteen,

I (age 25?) know it’s not my turn to write today, but your letter concerned me.

Those types of racing thoughts caused a lot of problems the last time they started up.

You just need to breathe.

Everything is going to be OK.

Yes, we are smoothing out the edges.

Yes, this is such a wonderful feeling.

But we need to ease into it.

This is a process.

It cannot be rushed.

Or forced.

Like with our volume.

It’s starting to ease off.

If you rush it, it will backfire.

If you hate it, it will backfire.

If you think too much about it, it will backfire.

So just breathe.

Accept that we are here.

Be OK with the rough edges.

Be OK with the unequal rectangles.

Be OK with things “not being OK.”

Everything is OK.

You are OK.

We are all OK.

We’re going to be fine.

Just relax.

It’s not your job to figure everything out.

You spoke and we heard you.

Your contribution was incredibly valuable, and we thank you for it.

But now, it is time to step back.

Step back from the edge.

Come down from the dais.

Everything is going to be OK.

I’m here.

We’re here.

x

(Someone so much older and yet younger than all of us)

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