Whether you have someone to share Valentine’s Day with or not, there is purpose in today. Valentine’s Day is about celebrating LOVE after all, not necessarily a partner 💞
Love is one of the simplest, most beautiful and natural human emotions, yet loving ourselves can be an entirely different story.
When it comes to #selflove
, it seems we have this idea that such a trait only belongs to the selfish and egotistical. Someone who only cares about themselves.
We’ve been taught that in order to have meaning in life, everything we do has to relate back to other people. To impact, change, help and interact with others. Think about it - it’s people who spend time in solitude, such as those who spend large amounts of time playing video games or reading books, that we often believe to have “no life” because they don’t seem to be making a significant contribution to society. Even if they have their own skills or talents. Due to this social construct, we often don’t have much time to truly be with ourselves. So NO WONDER it’s difficult to learn the art of loving selfishly - for the self!
I believe learning to love yourself comes down to knowing that you have worth beyond society and it’s expectations. It’s so easy to want the standard “desired” life - a high income job, stable finances, loving partner, supportive family.....but achieving all this doesn’t always lead to self love. That’s because we need to know WHO we are and WHERE we are going in life on a level beyond social and traditional ways. One that is personal and doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with the wishes of others 💕
As we become more aware of ourselves, our hopes, desires, morals and values, we learn to love ourselves for who we are and what we wish to become. It’s therefore important to spend time alone with ourselves to begin to appreciate what it is we are. Just as a romantic couple needs intimacy and time alone to form their love, we need time in solitude to build self love.
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