responsibility to yourself

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brain’s instincts; hence, grappling with hard-work.”

adrienne rich

Do I believe something because someone told me to? Or because I’ve thought and worked through it on my own?

Do I accept the work I’ve done because other people have called it good? Or because I feel good about it?

Do I trust my instincts? Or ignore them so I can call it a day?