Your Duty to Yourself

Ciao lovelies! Do you feel that you have a duty to yourself? What I mean by this is, do you feel that you have obligations to yourself? Do you take the time to take your own needs into consideration during decision making? Do you enforce rules on yourself? Do you practice tough-love with yourself, and make yourself get what needs to be done, finished? Do you make sure to upkeep self-care practices? In my opinion, these are all examples of one’s duty to themselves. Today I’m going to be talking about one’s duty to themselves, and why it matters.

This post was entirely inspired by Princess Skye’s lesson on Duty. The reason I wanted to write this post was because in her lesson on Duty, Princess Skye said that one’s first duty was to themselves. She elaborated on this by clarifying;

“This doesn’t mean being selfish and doing what you want all the time, it means having a deep understanding and respect for who you are as a person and strong idea of what is right for you. It means staying true to yourself in all situations, listening to your conscience and your heart and making choices that meet the demands of both.”

She then clarified how Duty also meant self-control and discipline when completing tasks;

“If you promise to do something, fulfill that promise without complaint. This also goes for your own goals and ambitions, if you set out to do something, a job or course or project, put 100% of yourself in it. Once you’ve started something, see it through to the end.”

While I agree with Princess Skye’s words in both of these instances, I wanted to expand upon them slightly.

Specifically, I want to speak on the idea of “tough-love” to yourself being a duty to yourself. While it is very important to practice self-care and be kind to yourself, you can’t let yourself get lazy or deep into pits of sadness. (Please note through: I understand that depression makes all tasks very hard, but that’s not what I’m referring to in this section, if you’re having a depressive episode please seek professional help.) What I mean by this is, while yes, you do deserve to treat yourself at times and practice self-care, you can’t let yourself slip. You should still try to get done what needs to be done, whether this means cleaning your living space, taking a shower, doing homework, going to a job, etc. etc.…

How is “tough-love” to oneself a duty? You owe it to yourself to achieve your goals and simply take care of yourself and your surroundings. Treat yourself in a kind way by taking good care of yourself. You owe it to yourself to complete these duties! While yes, making yourself do these tasks like laundry, cleaning, homework, etc., may seem like drudgery, it all really does have a purpose. That purpose is for your own advancement and self-care! It’s easier for one to feel at ease in a clean space. It’s easier for one to feel relaxed when they’re clean and well groomed. It’s easier for one to de-stress if they get their required work done. Most importantly, it’s better to work hard towards your goals!

I hope my musings on this topic made sense. I truly believe that one should take care of themselves in these methods. It makes sense to me that it’s your duty to yourself to provide yourself with care, which means preforming these seemingly dull tasks, which are actually very important!

What do you think about your duty to yourself? Do you think you have a duty to yourself? Do you strive to care for yourself in this way? Or do you think one's duty to themselves is different than I have said? Let me know in the comments!
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  1. When I think about Duty, I think about my Duty to myself to live my life to its fullest. I don't really have trouble doing the necessities of daily life like eating breakfast, going to work etc but sometimes I have to force myself to go beyond that. I have anxiety and that makes me really hesitate to try new things, even if I am 99% sure I will like it and have a good time, that 1% is always nagging at me and wearing me down. It is a Duty to myself to listen to my heart, to force myself to get out there and try and learn new things and experience what life has to offer!

    1. That's a great way to look at your duty to yourself! Thank you so much for reading! :)


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