I know that part of it stems from my choice to live for others. I put my wife and kids' needs before my own. As an educator, I willingly chose to serve my students by providing them the best education possible. I need to remind myself more often that if I don't take care of myself, I'm in no place to help others. If I'm not at 100%, let's say for example 60%, then I can only be 60% effective when I'm working with other people. By not taking care of myself, I'm doing them a disservice. Everyone in my life needs me to take care of me.
I always have to remember that this life is mine to experience. What is all around me is a result of my decisions, actions, and inactions. With each moment, I'm writing my autobiography.
As a reminder to myself, I'm proclaiming: this is MY life. Only I get to make my decisions. No one else lives in my skin. Only I get the responsibility and honor of defining what my life is.