What Does It Mean To Love Yourself?
Why I started loving myself!
Like truly, love yourself? Is it a life-long journey? Is there a feeling of completion when we reach a certain age? A finish line of, “yes I’ve made it! I finally love myself”. Or is it just something that we have to work at every day? Me and Self-love go WAYYYYYYYY back. When I was as a young as 12 years old, I found myself starting to compare my body, face, clothing, etc to other people, especially girls! I became so accustomed to comparing myself that I literally would go on autopilot in the morning, and for the rest of the day compare myself to other girls( at school, at parties, dances, etc).
Whether I was aware of it or not, every time I did compare myself- it was like I was etching away another tally on myself that I was justifying that I wasn’t good enough, pretty enough or worthy of a boyfriend, wearing certain clothes. It was a bumpy road that took many years of trying to fill this void and solve the mystery, of why I didn’t love myself? I think everyone in their teenage years can feel not good enough or comparing themselves.
But, if I now had a moment where I could sit with 16 year old Megan and tell her anything…. It would be to stop comparing yourself to other people and enjoy your body where it is right now. To stop wishing she were more in shape, or someone else. I pray that teenagers, especially girls, start practicing routines and self-care habits that make them feel beautiful and confident.