Dear Self-Love,

Dear Self-Love,

You were a hard one for me to learn.

It took truly hating myself to finally find you.

I used to put on a good show.

I could pretend I was fine and that I liked myself.

That things were okay and there was no need to worry.

Yet I would beat myself up over the simplest of things.

I would hold myself to such impossible standards.

I have such grace, compassion, and empathy for others.

Yet applying the same to myself was impossible.

Even after hitting my lowest point and trying to take my own life I still struggled with self-love.

I even still struggle at times now, years later.

Self-love is hard, it’s admitting I am worthy, that I deserve the respect and kindness I give others.

That is often hard to do, hard to remember when I am so used to hating myself.

I know I deserve more, and I will continue to work on that knowledge.

This will be a daily practice.

Even at times one I have to take minute by minute, but I can do it. I will do it.

I know at the end of the day I truly love myself, that I am worthy of love.

I can honestly say, even when I struggle to remember it at times that I love myself.

I love myself as I am and for what I will become.

I love myself, and that’s a great feeling.

 

-WAF member Lauren, 2021 

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