I am talking about having a healthy self-esteem. I am talking about being able to look into the mirror and see yourself and like what you see.
I am talking about liking (loving) yourself just the way you are. That means with wrinkles, smells, fat, warts and all!
Part of the problem with our society is that we don't see people for who they really are, we want to see the Hollywood/New York Model symbol of perfection and if we see anything less than that...well, we don't like it. We don't like it in ourselves and we don't like it in other people.
That's too bad. We miss out on things when we only look at the outside. (You know that whole judging a book by its cover thing). We miss out on people. We miss out on ourselves and our potential when we think we can only do or be one thing because of our shape, our weight, our gender, our hair color or whatever.
Loving yourself isn't easy, I get that. But start small, start out by liking yourself. Give yourself a compliment. "I really like how your hair covers your head like that!" or "You have the cutest toes!" Get creative, but do it. Give yourself a daily compliment. Start treating yourself better.
Maybe treating yourself better means losing weight or maybe it means staying exactly where you are and being happy there.
Maybe treating yourself better means getting a makeover or maybe it means throwing your make-up away and letting your natural beauty shine.
Maybe treating yourself better means a great many things which will be different for each person. Maybe it just means turning off that internal recording that tells you that you are not good enough or whatever your message says.
Start liking yourself today. It will be a happier tomorrow! Trust me, I know.
Until next time, be good to yourself and others!