In this society it seems as though it is considered an insult to say that you love yourself. People who love themselves are accused of arrogance and bearing large egos. This then leads to the thought that the only way that they will achieve acceptance in society is to NOT love themselves. And so along this quest of wanting to fit in we start to believe that focusing on our insecurities is far more socially acceptable than learning to love and accept yourself wholly. With this approach to life rooted into our brains it’s no wonder so many young people today are seen suffering from low self-esteem and depression. It also isn’t surprising that so many relationships fail, whether it’s romantic, friendly or family related. How can one expect someone else to love them if they can not even love themselves? The media certainly doesn’t help by constantly reinforcing the idea that we are not good enough the way we are.
What’s more is that self love should never be mistaken for arrogance. There is a big difference between being comfortable in your own skin and putting others down in order to elevate yourself. One of my all time favourite quotes is ‘accept what you can’t change and change what you can’t accept’. Realising your self worth and letting go of the things that are beyond your control acts as a large weight being lifted off of your shoulders and is ultimately the best thing that can happen to you. Once more people begin to realise their own self worth and encourage others to do the same, only then do I believe the world will become a slightly better place.