Love my new rainbow heart Cuddlist t-shirt!

This t-shirt means a lot to me. I wear the Cuddlist name proudly since I completed their professional cuddler training and they certified me as a professional cuddler. I wear the color purple proudly, a color that blends the richness of red with the coolness of blue and produces the perfect complement to the color of gold, signifying “the royal treatment” that cuddling is. The heart of the graphic symbolizes the platonic love shared between two humans holding each other in body and soul, the love that a cuddler can show you — not give you, but show you — because you already have that love in your heart, and a cuddler can nurture that love and encourage it to grow. The rainbow colors of the heart symbolize the honesty it takes to discover who you are and how you love, and the pride it takes to declare it, celebrate it, and even fight for it. And the gray towel behind me, well… I needed some kind of plain background for this bathroom selfie, now didn’t I?

Interpreter, appreciate thyself.

Physician, heal thyself.

–ancient proverb

Yesterday was Interpreter Appreciation Day. I’d like to propose the day after be dubbed Interpreter Self-Appreciation Day. It is reassuring to be appreciated, but our consumers and colleagues may not always take the time to express their appreciation. What is more, even when people express their appreciation, we may not absorb it, claim it, revel in it– unless we appreciate ourselves.

So, appreciate yourself, dear interpreter! Soak up all that appreciation you received yesterday–and any day of the year–and own it. Next time someone tells you you are good at something, say to yourself, “Yes, I am.” Next time someone tells you they appreciate you, say to yourself, “So do I.” After all, you have to believe you deserve appreciation in order to, well, appreciate it.