Don’t Wait For Love: Love Yourself Now

You’ve probably seen the words in that picture above countless times before. Whether or not you want to believe it, if you don’t love yourself, no one else can truly love you. Certainly you can be in relationships and experience varieties of emotions similar to love, but if you don’t love yourself, if you don’t respect yourself, I can guarantee you that no one else can really, truly love or respect you either.
How do I know this? From experience. The older I get, the more I get to know myself, and, much to my surprise, the more I actually love myself. And, not surprisingly (if you believe in the words pictured above), the more I grow to love myself and value my place in this world, the more love and acceptance I experience in my relationships with others. It may seem cliche or even ironic, but I can only speak from a place of my experiences and my experiences have shown me that the quote above is 100%, shockingly, undeniably true. If you want other people to love you, you must love yourself.
We all know this is generally much easier said than done. Of course we all want to love ourselves, but it’s not always that easy, is it? Sometimes it can be very, very difficult to believe that you are worth loving. Sometimes it can be damn near impossible to believe that you are valuable. But you are! You, me, everyone in fact is capable of loving and being loved.
“But how Leah?!”
In order to love ourselves, we have to accept ourselves and yes it is that hard. We have to accept the good and the bad, the mistakes and the triumphs. We have to actually look at ourselves in the mirror and really see who we are (which can be pretty daunting). It is more tempting to just float along, letting the world move around you, just hoping that someday you will be loved in the way you want to be loved. As someone who has done this, I can tell you that you’ll never find what you are looking for if you don’t start making some proactive attempts to love yourself. There’s no better time than right now – yes, right this very minute! – to get started on some serious self-love.
What my advice on how to love yourself now?
Why not come back tomorrow morning for 10 Ways to Love Yourself Now?

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