"Prednisone 'roid rage can turn some people from a mild mannered Dr. Jekyll into a raving Mr. Hyde. Irritability, aggressiveness, anxiety, mania, and depression. -- Health Central
I"ve got to get off of this stuff. In the meantime, this piece is in way of apology to my daughter.
Remember all those qualities I wrote about in what a true friend would be to me? Well, she is my daughter, but she is my true friend as well. She is by far the most loving and caring friend I have ever had.
She is brave. She would go on adventure with me. She's up for anything.
She is passionate about this experience of life and being.
She instinctively knows that enjoyment of life is more important than a green lawn or a vacuumed rug.
Here is what I want for her:
1. To see how beautiful she is. Why is it so hard to see that when you are thirteen? Maybe it's hard for any woman to see it. She is beautiful on the outside, but she sees flaws. I do know that it has been proven that when a teenager looks in the mirror she is usually unable to accurately see the image that is looking back at her. It has something to do with development at that time. I think she looks at herself and sees defects, when she is actually, objectively very beautiful. (I have had a problem with this my whole life -- I guess I'm stuck in a developmental stage).
2. To love her body.
- I have only met a handful of women who don't hate some part of their bodies. Why is this? Blame TV, magazines, movies, etc. It's getting better, but it's still a big problem. Why are we all pressured to be the same when nature clearly made people to come in all shapes and sizes. It is casting directors, advertisers, and the fashion industry that makes most of us feel inferior. I think it all comes down to fashion designers who like clothes to hang on people the way they hang on hangers. They don't want the human form to affect the design they created on a hard dress form mannequin.
- Eating. I know from personal experience how so-called "inflammatory foods" make a body and soul miserable. Processed foods with chemicals, processed white flour, simple sugars. These foods are addictive and make a person miserable -- a false promise of food fun. I hope she can see the joy in whole foods (a.k.a. "clean eating).
- Exercise. The joy of movement. The high of cardio. The power in strength training.
3. To be brave. To dive right in and tackle anything she wants to do. To never let the jealous ones, or the arrogant ones, or the negative ones get her down.
4. To love and be loved. I hope she will always, always know how much she is loved. By me. By her father. By her brother, even (though he just can't show it 99% of the time). By her friends. And maybe someday by a significant other who shares her goals, dreams, and desires -- though I hope she doesn't think any one other is necessary for her happiness. She's got everything she needs inside of her. She's the coolest.
There's more. but I've got to go pick her up from school now.