for too long, i’ve been forced to shoulder burdens that weren’t mine to carry and now my body is aching for it. my upper back throbs in protest, stomach frozen, skin blemished by a ring of fire, days after the latest storm has passed. i don’t know what i can do except remove myself from the source of my pain (my phone). heal myself by sipping words and tea, basking in the sun, gawking at adoptable puppies. making sure my back and the rest of me is supported. given the weight i’ve borne over the past week alone, i’m worried i’ll break if something doesn’t give. and so i’m taking the time to put my health first despite the nagging feeling that there’s still work to be done. if i don’t look out for me, who will?