The dreaded "should" and the Serenity Prayer
Children should be tucked in at night.
We should keep the house clean.
People shouldn't litter.
Everyone should volunteer and donate to charity.
Couples should talk everything out.
Parents should keep their kids from getting mentally ill.
The Serenity Prayer SO helps. I've let go of so many SHOULDs, and find it helps me feel proud of everything else instead of trapped by it. Lately I'm letting go of shoulds like crazy and it feels good. Adding WANTS.
*YES, I have been in therapy before - my beef is with bad therapy - I'm a big fan of therapy.