Allow me to let you in on a little secret: SELF-LOVE IS ESSENTIAL FOR SURVIVAL.
Self-love isn’t just something you decide that you want, like a new dress. Self-love is something that you need, just like your fruits and veggies. You can decide not to eat them, but you won’t be feeling as hot as you would otherwise.
You really want to love yourself? Then you need to change your thoughts, change your actions, and change your perceptions on yourself and life.
You need to bare loose the internalized thought patterns, beliefs, and standards that are so entwined within you.
You need to do read books, blogs, whatever you can get your hands on about: what self-love means (for YOU + for EVERYTHING ELSE), what these “things” are that you’ve internalized; why you’ve internalized them; how you are NOT ALONE; things you have never ever fathomed that come in the package of self-love.
You need to act, because this is survival we are talking about, not just something to do when you “get the chance.”
And when you start this, you keep going.
When you doubt yourself, this journey, and the things you read: you be there for yourself, you remember why you are here, and you keep going.
Be easy on yourself, be strong for yourself, and just be there for you, because that’s what you need the most right away. You need YOU.
YOU are the weapon of mass destruction against all of those crappy lies you have been spoon-fed until this day of claiming your want to live.
Your soul is waiting for you to nurture it, your body is waiting for you to listen to it, and all of your hopes and dreams are dependent on this.
We need self-love like we need water.
We need it right away in the morning before we eat, before and after every meal.
We need it when we don’t feel thirsty for it (especially then).
We need it with things that are hard to digest.
We. Need. It.