How many times have we heard the phrase “I love you exactly as you are right now; you don’t have to change”? Really sweet, isn’t it? Acceptance can be so beautiful.
But one of the problems with the world we live in is that when you make the smallest change after you learn to accept yourself for the way you are, people will ask you why you chose to do that? If everything you said about accepting yourself was a lie. If you finally gave in to the harsh pressures of society.
But the truth is that you can change little things about yourself if that’s what it takes. It all comes down to the choices you make in life. Change, as it turns out, can be a very interesting thing. It’s more like a gamble. You can take a risk and choose to change something about yourself, or you can choose to play it safe. But neither of those things imply that you don’t really love yourself.
On the contrary, change means a clean slate for yourself. Moving to a new city, going on a social media detox, cutting toxic people off your life, getting a crazy new hair colour, trying your hand at a new hobby, joining a workout or diet regime— all these things don’t mean that you’re running away from a part of yourself or your life. They simply just say that you want a fresh start to clear your head.
Loving yourself is all about working your way up to happiness. And if changing one aspect or another about yourself or your life is what it takes to be happy, I suggest that you go ahead and do it. There’s a 99% chance that you aren’t going to regret making that change in the long run.
Before there’s an argument saying that change doesn’t always mean loving yourself, I want to clarify what I said. I never stated that it does. I just want to tell you all that people can love themselves for who they are, and still, change something about themselves if they want to feel better.
Remember that whatever it is that you change about yourself on the outside, you’re still going to be the same person on the inside. If this change makes you feel more comfortable in your own skin, don’t let anybody or anything stop you.
You do you!
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Well said, Shubhs! Many people just invalidate others because someone said they love themselves just the way they are even while changing. The thing is, you can love yourself and be willing to work hard to feel better. One powerful quote I read is: You don’t need to feel miserable about who you are now to make a change. You can love the “before” version just as much as the “after”.
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