In order for me to give my mother the care she needed, it was important to take care of myself. It was important for me to have a healthy lifestyle. My mother would want me to take care of myself.
It was important to have some balance in my life. I knew this intellectually, now I just had to buy into it emotionally. It was important for me to have some fun. Whether it was a barbecue with friends, a walk in the park, reading a good book, whatever made me happy. It was easy to be sad, but hard to be happy. I decided it was okay to have a little joy in my life.
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