I preach patience while pushing myself to the brink of snapping.
I preach deep breaths as I hold mine in, afraid to release.
I preach acceptance while begging myself to change.
I preach unconditional love while only loving myself under certain conditions.
I preach movement while remaining stagnant.
I preach peace but I’m at war with myself.
I preach body acceptance but I poke and pinch at my skin at every chance I get.
I preach about vulnerabilities while hiding behind brick walls.
I preach about community while isolating myself.
I preach about healthy living but I binge to mask the pain.
I preach to straighten your spine as I slump to cave in my heart.
I stand before a mirror and preach at myself.
But I remain my own worst enemy.
And the strongest critic lives in my mind as an unruly roommate even though I beg for a best friend.
I preach for self love,
But have yet to take the time to learn what that truly looks like for me.
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