I get the the inner critic. I know the inner critic. I don’t like the inner critic. I am usually angry at the inner critic.
My inner critic is always telling me I will not get it right. She tells me I will be alone. She tells me no one will care about me. She tells me I am not good enough. She tells me others are better and smarter and nicer than I am. My inner critic is not born from others telling me these things, but from no one telling the young me the contrary.
If no one tells you you are beautiful, you believe you are not.
If no one tells you you are smart, you believe you are not.
If no one tells you you are kind, you believe you are not.
If no one tells you you are going to be successful, you believe you are not.
If no one tells you you are good enough, you believe you are not.
If no one tells you you are going to be OK in the future, you believe you are not.
I am grateful I am working on telling my inner critic, my inner sad, neglected child, that I love her. I tell her that she made it. I tell her she has accomplished things she never imagined. I am trying constantly to comfort my inner critic. She is a survivor.
Follow Linda G. Hill’s blog to write along every Saturday.
Here are the rules for SoCS:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!