The funny thing about life is that there is no magic book that tells you what to do or how to feel about yourself. No one ever slaps you in the face, grabs you by the shoulders, and says “Hey! Love yourself!” Of course they tell you to love each other and to love spouses and such. The circle of love doesn’t start with sending out love. Reciprocal love isn’t like the domino circle that eventually reaches you. Love has to begin with you and it has to end with you. We spend so much time focusing on how to love each other, but focus very little on self-love. Self hate is often an untaught behavior that is perpetuated more than self-love. We look to so many others for love and when it doesn’t happen, we find ourselves emotionally depleted. We are depleted because we never realize that we are the source.
What does self-love look like? It looks like self concern for our health. It looks like appreciating our self-image rather than scrutinizing it. It looks like being excited to see whomever we see in the mirror every single time.
Loving yourself doesn’t mean that you are happy with every aspect. It just means that you are willing to do something about it. If you feel like changes are in order then make them. Love yourself enough to be best to yourself first. Be your best friend.
Be honest with yourself. Be true to yourself. Love yourself enough. Be in love with you.