Radical acceptance is the cheat code.

2/2/22 — how magical. We won’t see this sequence again until 2/2/2222. All the more reason to focus on the here and now. 

Today I found the place that begins right after I end. I found the other side of my planning and maneuvering and negotiating and strategizing. I reached the very end of myself, and much to my surprise, nothing blew up, disintegrated, or swallowed me whole. Life just was and I just was and life still is and I still am. 

It takes time to acclimate to new heights. 

I mistook change for chaos and thought I was drowning when really I was just sinking deeper into the beautiful life I created for myself. A life with more responsibilities but more respite. More pieces to sort through and put in place, but all in all more peace. I kicked and screamed and cried the entire length of the bridge, but I made it over, and everything’s beautiful here. 

A visual of the last two weeks:

That’ll do, Candace. That’ll do. 

I’m learning that for every new level in this game of life, radical acceptance is the cheat code. Radical acceptance will silence your inner critic and remind you that all constraints of time are man-made and that everything in this life has a pause button — including you. Radical acceptance steps in when the math isn’t mathing and time feels too slippery to hold.

The air is different here, but I’m learning that it takes time to acclimate to new heights. It takes time for your vision to materialize. It takes more than two hands to carry the dream you’d like to call forth, and more than one mind to get you to the other side. 

Candace Aliké Smith is a content writer and journaling enthusiast based in North Texas. She founded this site in 2015 to help women of color reclaim their vitality through self-care and self-reflection. Read Candace’s journal entries, and follow her content on holistic beautymental wellnessherbs and essential oilsnon-toxic productshealthy libations, and wellness travel.

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