The beautiful thing about love is that there’s not ever going to be a limit to the world’s supply. Love, unlike coal, gold or oil, is a renewable resource, and it’s a hell of a lot easier to extract too.
As a twenty-something female, I am definitely concerned with the way I look. All too often though, I equate how I am “supposed” to look (ie how Western beauty standards lay down) with my self-worth. Recently I have been reading a lot about the power and importance of self-love, and today I have a bit of a pep talk for you.
Negativity towards ourselves and towards others keeps us stagnant. If you don’t believe you are the amazing, beautiful human being that you wake up as every day, you’re making it harder to achieve your goals. By thinking “life would be so much better if I had a better job,” or “when I lose ten kilograms I’ll treat myself to a big splurge,” you may be telling yourself that you aren’t worth those things.
As women, we are often caregivers whether or not we have children. We look after our partners, our friends and our families. Sometimes we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we forget how important we are!
You are worthy of a better job. You are worthy of a big splurge. You are perfect just the way you are because you are YOU. If you want a better job, a bubble bath or a new lipstick, have a bubble bath, buy a lipstick and start job hunting. You deserve those things now in the skin that you woke up in this morning!
Maybe some of us are guilty of thinking horrible things about complete strangers, but these thoughts are only a projection of how we might feel about ourselves! I am learning to love myself and others by stopping those thoughts in their tracks and replacing them with positive ones.
Let go of your negative thoughts. You are beautiful inside and out. Every time you catch yourself thinking about how much you hate a part of your body or an aspect of your personality, stop. Embrace it. Write it down. Remind yourself how wonderful you are.
Are you guys guilty of these offenses? Will you commit to loving yourself more? Let me know in the comments!