I love quotes. I have a list of several quotes that have made me the person I am today. I love learning new quotes and dishing them out to friends and family where they’re struggling, or need a little pick-me-up message. It’s not abnormal for me to search Pinterest for words of wisdom. However, I stumbled across a quote recently, and it brought on a lot of emotions for me.
“And if I asked you to name all the things you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?”
It makes me teary-eyed to read those words and think: “I don’t think I would name myself at all.” And, unfortunately, I don’t think I’m the only person who thinks that.
Bottom line: you need to love yourself.
We live in a world where it can be very difficult to love ourselves. With unrealistic standards of beauty, unrealistic standards of happiness and the do-it-all mentality, it is stressful. We are constantly absorbed with social media where we see other bloggers and people that exude confidence and happiness. They’re always doing something spectacular, fun and Instagram-worthy. We see accounts of fitness inspiration that makes us hate the way we look. And these are only a few examples.
We need to stop comparing our lives to the Instagram of a fitness blogger. In reality, that person still struggles with things we know nothing about. Similar to how other people and bloggers don’t know what our personal struggles are.
So how do we solve this issue?
We spread kindness. We need to throw around kindness like confetti, and share it to anyone and everyone we encounter every day. We need to build each other up—because there are too many things that bring us down—and we don’t need to add more to that list.
We also need to remember that we are not perfect, and we weren’t created to be perfect. We are constantly striving to achieve the “best” life. And while being ambitious is a positive quality, the pressure we put on ourselves is too much. We need to remember that it’s okay to say no, a break from stress is essential, and that life doesn’t suck just because you’re not doing things that other bloggers are doing via Instagram.
Let’s set aside our flaws and focus on our strengths. We have positive attributes we should love about ourselves. Now it’s time to love ourselves the way our friends and family love us.
I hope this post inspired you to love yourself because you truly deserve it. I promise.
What do you love about yourself? Go ahead, be confident and leave a comment with your five favorite qualities about yourself! What else do you love in life?