What does it take to truly love and appreciate oneself? What does it take to be comfortable in one’s skin, with one’s body? It takes a lot. It shouldn’t, really. But it does. Self love and self care should be automatic human rights. Yet these days, our society has made it excruciatingly difficult for individuals growing up to foster a healthy body image.
Nothing we do is right.
We eat too much. We eat too little.
We exercise too much. We are sloths and don’t go to the gym.
We care too much about how we look. We don’t care enough.
We are overconfident and pompous. We are miserable and self concious.
We are light. We are heavy.
We are none of it and all of it at the same time.
Double standards surround us every day; they stick insidiously to the corners of our brains like chewing gum.
The thing that people fail to recognize is that it is nearly impossible to ever be completely and wholeheartedly happy with oneself. Seeking an ideal of “self love” is an incredibly difficult task itself, yet we attempt to do it day after day! I believe that it is fine if we never really arrive in that place of complete acceptance. It is the journey – the attempt -the fact that we are even trying to arrive at a place of peace with oneself – that is what really counts.