Learning To Use The Healthiest Word In The Dictionary: No

 

African American woman natural hair stop signWe throw around the word busy with pride, as if it were a direct correlation to our level of success. We wear invisible #TeamNoSleep and #TeamTwoJobs badges like a Girl or Boy Scout merit badge. Some of us have become enslaved to accolades and the grinder mentality. While some of us are, indeed, busting our behinds to build empires and make a name for ourselves, in pursuit of success we are collectively abusing the word yes without acknowledgment of the potential repercussion of our personal health.

Many of us are stretched thin and forced to be everything for everybody while failing to be what we need for ourselves. They say the hustle is sold separately, and while the boss mentality is admirable, someone needs to remind us that we are our own most important ongoing project.

Bouncing from job, to gig, to networking event, to balancing freelancing, to family gatherings, to cocktails with your ­­girls, to only seeing your home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. – something has got to give. It shouldn’t be your sanity.

‘No’ is quite possibly the healthiest word in the dictionary and needs to be worked into everyone’s daily vocabulary. No can be used as a full sentence and does not require further explanation or background information.