It’s okay to be self-centered sometimes. Really. I know that our society has this weird stigma about actually liking yourself, but it’s about time that we stop self-deprecating and start self-loving! I am so guilty of this. Instead of being proud of myself for my accomplishments or rooting myself on in my endeavors, I continue to tear myself down and discount everything I may have done that deserves a pat on the back, and I think a lot of you can relate to that. But it’s time to stop that.
Self-love is a journey, but the first step is knowing that you are worthy of love, praise, and admiration. Good things happen because you deserve them, and you are so worthy of all the good the universe can bring you. You are unique, beautiful, and above all else, WORTHY. You deserve love, respect, and positivity, and you should settle for nothing less. A lot of us fail to see our worth and settle for being treated (or even treating ourselves) poorly. Sometimes we can be our own biggest enemy.
So how can we battle this? Well, it takes conscious effort to love yourself, lift yourself up, and let your light shine. You are a result of millions of years of evolution. Everything that has happened before you has led up to creating the perfect, flawless person that you are. Own it! Own your uniqueness, your quirks. They are what make you special. I have always been “weird”, but weird doesn’t equal unworthy or unlikeable, and when I realized that, I was able to start loving myself for all of those things I used to view as flaws. Yes, I’m loud. I talk too much. I make weird references that people rarely get. But that’s okay, because I am a good person, with a good heart, and I am just as worthy of success as anyone else.
It’s okay to be a little conceited at times; you are beautiful, funny, smart, and it is okay to recognize that! Be your own cheerleader. Encourage yourself to follow your dreams. And know that you are so worth it and worthy of every success in the world!
If you or someone you love suffers from depression or anxiety, visit http://www.adaa.org/finding-help for locating resources and assistance. Sometimes, even with all the self-help and mindfulness in the world, you still need therapy or daily medications, and that’s OKAY! Getting help for mental illness can be the first step in a whole new path in life.