Let’s talk about love, baby!

Yes, let’s talk about love, baby, let’s talk about you and … yourself? No, this is not a post about love between two people; it’s a post about love for yourself. That love that we often ignore, that love that we don’t scream out loud, that we say sometimes as a joke, but not with a deep feeling. That love that we really need to hear though. If we don’t love ourselves, how could someone else do?

And when we hear someone saying that they love themselves, don’t we look at them a bit weird? Or is it just me? We (still hoping here that it’s not just me) think that they are a bit egocentric, right? But if you come to think about it, it’s not really like that. I have a friend that always told us how much she loves herself. For me it was a bit hard to understand. How could she love herself so much when I had a hard time looking in the mirror? And I’m not talking about physical appearances here. I’m talking about looking into my own eyes and seeing what was going on there. That was happening when I was in high-school, and a lot has changed since then, but I still find it hard to say “I love you” to myself.

So why won’t we realise how great we are and start appreciating ourselves? Get far from the people that weight us down and don’t appreciate what we do for them and start seeing ourselves through the eyes of the people that love us and smile sincerely when they see us and always tell us how great we are.

A while ago I found an online challenge: sharing every day, for 100 consecutive days, something that you’re happy about. Now I’m thinking that we should start another one: sharing everyday on a social media platform of your choice, or even just sending a message to a friend, in which you would picture someway in which you are great. It should last till you can go to the mirror and say “I love you” with a smile on and really feel it.

Just remember every day that you are indeed great and honey, start loving yourself in every way. You deserve it!

Doina Tatu

Doina Tatu is a co-founder of The Smoke Detector, social media manager, writer, art lover, dog-petter, music listener.

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