why not live well?

my sister’s coworkers gave her a card which i’ve printed below.

i know things have been
hard on you
so why be so hard
on yourself?

treat yourself
like you do others
when they need you.

forgive yourself
for not being perfect
who is?

it’s peculiar that someone could think that the present was a suitable time to chastise her, especially about something that isn’t remotely true (she keeps asking, do i act like i think i’m perfect?). there are so many directions in which the poem could go following the first two lines, the only ones that are actually necessary, and all of them would be better received than the current incarnation.

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