By: Danielle Spitz, Guest Blogger
I am only fifteen years old, so love and commitment and relationships aren’t exactly my areas of expertise. No matter how many cheesy ‘80s movies starring Molly Ringwald I watch, I am still just a teenager and nowhere near thinking about that aspect of my life. However, I do pride myself in my ability to love myself.
The person who knows you the best is you, so it is imperative that you accept that person and respect who she is. Accepting oneself for the entirety of who she is isn’t easy and there are lots of contributing factors. Sometimes not loving yourself doesn’t really have to do with you at all and instead has to do with the people you are with.
If you can’t be your true self around your friends, then maybe they aren’t really your friends. Everyone has something interesting to contribute and bring to the table, so don’t let anybody hold you back from that. Feel encouraged to express your opinion, not ashamed.
Something else that can lead you to the path of loving yourself is focusing on what’s best for you. Concentrate on your work and your responsibilities because satisfaction is guaranteed when sticking to that motto. Life is full of distractions and it’s okay to give into them every once in a while, but hard work always prevails.
In a more literal sense, loving the skin that you are in and feeling confident is imperative in order to love every part of yourself. We are all beautiful if we believe that we are beautiful, so do whatever it takes for you to achieve that mindset. How you reach that point is different for everyone and should be done at whatever pace you feel comfortable with.
Always set aside time to assess the person you are and the person you hope to be. We change and mature every single day, meaning there is always a new you to become acquainted with. It can be easy to get lost in all the craziness of your busy schedule, but as soon as you lose touch with who you are, it is that much harder to figure out what will make you happy. All of your feelings are valid, no matter how silly they may seem, and neglecting them will only make things worse. Without loving yourself, loving others is practically impossible.
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High school student Danielle Spitz is an aspiring journalist. She writes for her school newspaper and of course IATG! She loves reading, writing, running, binge watching anything on Netflix, shopping, and contributing to a world in which women build each other up and receive the respect they deserve.
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