I think livable wellness is about doing my best whenever and wherever I can. It stands in defiance of the kind of striving you see all over Pinterest in the form of fitspo:
It is exhausting to think of every part of life as a competition against yourself. So I don't. I do my best and sometimes that is better than before and sometimes it isn't. It's all ok. This way of being is compatible with being interested in new personal bests, but it demands a shame-free approach to goal setting...and goal smashing.
With that I've launched a small shop devoted to the idea of Doing My Best featuring tees, tanks, totes, posters and mugs. I hope you enjoy.
In my line of work, my best is all I have. And in my broader community of practice - all physicians - our best is better every day but it is so often, no palpably, inadequate.
In a letter published in the journal Neurology last week to all neurologists, neuropsychiatrists and neurosurgeons, Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of Robin Williams who died with severe Lewy Body Dementia asks for them to do their best: