Here’s a poem my mother-in-law shared with me that I thought was worth sharing with you. Whatever you do, or don’t do in this life remember — you have to be able to live with yourself.
I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by
Always to look myself straight in the eye.
I don’t want to stand with the setting of the sun
And hate myself for the things I have done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
A whole lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking no one else will ever know,
The kind of person I really am
I don’t want to dress myself up in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men’s respect.
But in this struggle for fame and pelf
I want to be able to live with myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know
That I’m bluster and bluff and empty show.
I can never hide myself from me.
I see what others might never see.
I know what others may never know.
I can never fool myself and so
What ever happens I want to be
Self-respecting and conscious free.