It is extremely inspiring to see women like Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles, women currently at the top of their games, take a step back during career defining moments that can give them olympic medals or grand slam titles, for mental health reasons.
These women didn't get to the top without hours and hours of practice and endless rigorous training. No one can accuse them of not having done enough or worked enough, no one can say 'you're not pushing hard enough' or 'maybe you should try harder'. Because they did. They do.
It goes to show that even pushing yourself can only take you so far and if your mental health is taking a hit because of it, then you deserve to rest.
Everyone deserves mental health breaks when they're struggling to cope.
So to anyone who feels like they're not doing enough and thinks they should do more, should sacrifice their mental health for a prior obligation... remember, that its okay. You can still be at your best.
A time out. A self care day. Whatever it is that you need to do to cope, you're allowed to have. It doesn't make you a failure. It doesn't make you lesser.
I have just started following the Simone Biles “controversy,” and...
...my favorite part is how media outlets are interviewing every gymnast they can find and they all just keep saying that she did the right thing and they support her.
Like, you can sort of tell that what they want is for someone to slag on her so they can run a juicy catfight story--”did you hear what she said about her?!?”--but none of the women are giving them that quote, so instead we have a whole news cycle about women supporting each other’s bodily autonomy. I think that’s great.