you do not need to constantly justify yourself. go ahead. eat pancakes. eat a ton at dinner. eat ice cream sundaes at 1am. take a rest day. take six rest days. sleep in. watch a movie. watch ten movies. no explanations needed. you’re allowed to be kind to yourself.
Loving yourself isn’t just about looking in the mirror and admiring what you see. Of course it’s important to be at peace with your reflection, but there are things that go beyond that.
Part of loving yourself includes learning how to be gentle, treating yourself in the same way you’d treat a three year old child if they spill milk from a bottle: no blame at all, only empathy.
It’s about chasing after the things that make your life the way you picture it to be, regardless of those who pressure you to live up to their definition of what’s good and right. It’s about not giving a fuck about their opinion.
It’s about finding beauty in your scars and in your own faults. It’s about respecting your body and treating it as a temple, not some cheap nightclub in the city.
It’s about getting enough fluids and eating enough vegetables and finding balance between the poles of over-indulgence and self-deprivation. It’s about making yourself healthy, not skinny or bulky.
It’s about surrounding yourself with supportive, empowering people, and letting go of those with disapproving eyes that seethe and burn holes into your back.
It’s about taking chances even though you’re terrified. It’s about being selfish, at least for a little bit, and treating yourself the way you deserve to be treated. It’s about knowing that you are sixty-five percent water: you are fluid and soft and powerful and nothing in the end can stand against you.
It’s about reminding yourself that you are your own universe, and that you are enough, you are enough, you are enough. That you have to be good to yourself in order to have a good life, because beautiful things die when they are not taken good care of.❞
loving the universe that is yourself (via uniquecole)
note to self, for happy days (via uniquecole)