“I HOPE THAT YOU NEVER, NOT EVEN FOR ONE SECOND, BECOME A SECONDARY CHARACTER IN YOUR OWN STORY.”
I found this quote on one of my favorite tumblr pages recently and it really stuck out to me. It’s so thoughtful and rings so, so true. As I get older, and as more and more things weigh up on top of my shoulders . . . adult things like taxes, bills, romantic relationships, caring for loved ones across the country . . . well, it’s easy to forget that the simple act of taking the time out to truly love ourselves really counts. And when we do finally find the time to give a second to ourselves, we focus not as often on our strengths, but instead more often on our weaknesses. And then TLC is put into action to only better ourselves for fear of failure, as opposed to simply appreciating ourselves for the unique human beings that we are . . . beings who are both perfect and imperfect at the same time. Human beings with strengths and weakness. Sometimes, actually a lot of times, we forget that it is okay to have both. That it is normal to have both. That it is actually beautiful to have both. There is no doubt about it that there is beauty in our flaws. So, so much beauty. For appreciating them actually makes us stronger at the core. It is an unconditional self love, the type we give towards our family and friends and new budding romances that sweep us off our feet, that we must remind ourselves on the daily, on the second, that we are very much deserving of. That this self love isn’t self absorption or ego. No, it is self awareness and it’s the closest we can become with ourselves. It is the driving force between all of our relationships and the things that we touch with our heart and soul. Because nothing on the outside can be totally and completely full unless we are full on the inside. Like a friend once told me, we are all stories. And we are the drivers of each and every one of our stories. Don’t be afraid to be the main character no matter what. We deserve AT LEAST that as long as we believe it.