The Mountain

This poem is for anyone who needs a reminder that it’s ok not to be ok and for you to remember that a rest is not a failure… 

The Mountain

If the mountain seems too big today
then climb a hill instead
if the morning brings you sadness
it’s ok to stay in bed

If the day ahead weighs heavy
and your plans feel like a curse
there’s no shame in rearranging
don’t make yourself feel worse

If a shower stings like needles
and a bath feels like you’ll drown
if you haven’t washed your hair for days
don’t throw away your crown

A day is not a lifetime
a rest is not defeat
don’t think of it as failure
just a quiet, kind retreat

It’s ok to take a moment
from an anxious, fractured mind
the world will not stop turning
while you get realigned

The mountain will still be there
when you want to try again
you can climb it in your own time
just love yourself til then

Laura Ding-Edwards 2019 ©

Laura Ding-Edwards is an artist and has made this poem into a beautiful print which you can view using the link below. For anyone who needs a reminder that it’s ok not to be ok, this A3 typography print is designed to help you remember that a rest is not a failure. £1 from every sale will be donated to Mind the UK mental health charity >>


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About the author

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I am a watercolour artist from Herefordshire & find great comfort in any type of creativity, along with spending time with my two horses Bessie & Chester.This poem was written about my own experiences with anxiety & is available as an art print with £1 from every sale going to the mental health charity, Mind.My website is, Facebook is
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