Hello, beautiful people around the world. How has everybody been doing? Are you taking good care of yourself? Are you well-hydrated? Are you getting enough sleep?
But most importantly, when was the last time you were nice to yourself?
Just, ‘Hell yes, you can’t touch this! I’m amazing,’ and not ‘Ugh, I hate everything. I wish my life was like some XYZ person’s”?
And before you tell me that ‘It’s not that easy, you know! Some of us have actual problems; can’t all be Suzie-Sunshines like you,’ let me tell you that I have no intentions of being preachy here. I’m just another normal person going through similar stuff that life throws at me. And yes, I too have days when I hate looking at myself in the mirror.
I read a post somewhere that talked about a professor who told his students that all of us had a tiny bit of the Universe, and a little bit of ‘save-the-world’ inside of us. And it is A-OKAY if the only person you choose to save from drowning is yourself.
And, about a month ago, around my birthday, I started to look at myself a little differently. I smiled at myself when I looked into the mirror, and it wasn’t something I had ever done before. And quite honestly, it was just as surprising to me as it was liberating.
Surprising because I had never felt so good about myself, and oddly liberating because I found myself not caring about what the rest of the world was going to think of me.
And that’s where kindness begins. That’s where happiness begins. Once you start appreciating all the good things about yourselves, you’ll see that there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Fair warning, though. This transformation doesn’t happen overnight. You’re not going to wake up one fine day and find out that you’re an amazing person. It comes with time. And there will be days when you just want to slip under a blanket and sleep until this is all over.
I am not here to give you any false hope about ’emerging victorious’ or ‘rising from your ashes like a Phoenix’. But I’ll tell you this: there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and whenever you feel like it, there is atleast one person who will give you a hand to pull you out.
Who knows? Chances are, they’ve always been there, waiting to help you. And if you’re not sure who you can talk to, come find me on one of my many social media handles and we’ll have a heart-to-heart, no judgements involved.
Loving others, that’s easy! It’s so easy to fall in love with somebody’s little quirks and mannerisms. But it is difficult to love yourself for the same quirks. Remember this, guys, you’re not ‘flawed‘ or whatever bullshit the society tells you. You’re unique, and there’s no one like you, nor will there ever be.
Embrace that human being. Embrace that tiny bit of the Universe inside you and I promise you, the world is going to get a little better with every passing day.
Hey guys! I hope this article is something you needed today. And even if it’s not, someone else might. So spread the word far and wide. Let someone know you care. Leave me a comment if you liked this. You can also find me on my social media (links to which are on my Homepage, and also below), or just send me an old-fashioned email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll look forward to hearing from all of you.