You do not have to be good.

Your Therapist Friend
6 min readMay 18, 2022

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Mary Oliver was a queer poet living in New York City in the 1960s and 70s. Often in her work there’s a theme of looking to nature as a reminder of how to live a good life, one of mindful reflection and gratitude, compassion for yourself and for others.

Lines from her poem, Wild Geese, often occupy my mind. Like a skipping record, I’ll repeat the first line over and over until I feel I believe it.

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Kayla Lane Freeman — Licensed therapist answering the internet’s questions about mental health, relationships and how to be in therapy