We all love ourselves for different reasons, superficial and non superficial. But why I love myself, is because I know who I am and what I stand for.
Growing up I tended to compare and contrast myself to others a lot, but then I hit 21, I suddenly saw things clearer. I remember writing a post about some things I’d tell my younger self and a few points to do with self-love still ring true today (It was only 4 years ago, but still). Now that I am twenty-five, I fully understand what it means to love oneself. Possessing self-love is one of the fundamental building blocks for happiness, love and success in life. It is not about comparison to another or being proud of one’s high self esteem. It is more about self-respect, self-acceptance and self-conviction.
When I realised that having self-love is the first step to building a great relationship with yourself, I began to bask in my contentment. It’s understandable to sometimes be unhappy about where you are in life, or what you have achieved or your past relationships etc. but when it comes to yourself, it is so important to be happy and content with whom you are as a person.
I’m a giver when it comes to friendships and relationships and sometimes an over thinker, but over the years I’ve found that those traits are not always beneficial to me. So regardless of who thinks what, I’ve promised myself to always put myself first and think of my needs. I honestly believe that, independence from other people’s approval, criticism and acceptance is one of the most liberating things you will ever feel. You will begin to trust your gut, believe in yourself and act on things with confidence. When you have this type of relationship with yourself, things become easier and you start to notice that there is less stress in your life.
I genuinely believe that self-love is a prerequisite for loving someone and allowing yourself to be loved in return. When you love and respect yourself, you begin to understand, the dynamics of a truly loving relationship clearly and that means not tolerating shxt you don’t deserve. Anyway, I hope you all love yourselves a little more after reading this post.