Romanticize self-love. Romanticize your fingers on your cheeks, massaging the day away. Romanticize your body splayed out in bed sunday afternoons, soaking up the sun, glistening like warm honey. Romanticize your hands draped out car windows, tickled by the gentle wind. Romanticize curtains flung open, you blasting every song that ever made you feel better, giving the neighbors a show they’ll never forget. Romanticize feeling beautiful, affirming your beauty and admiring yourself in nearby mirrors. Romanticize the way you speak, with prose draped around your neck and kindness dancing circles in your belly. Romanticize your talents, your identity and the things you could never live without. Say that you are proud, say that you are grateful and say that you are inspiring. Romanticize yourself.
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The moment that you stop seeking others to complete you is the moment that you are finally ready to accept love from yourself. It is not instantaneous and is not something that can be maintained without thought. Self-love is not constant, it is not easy, and it is not always something you may want to do. take small steps, and cherish where you are and all you have done – even if where you are is not yet necessarily where you want to be.
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Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.
― C. JoyBell C.
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Two things define you. 1) Your patience when you have nothing. 2) Your attitude when you have everything.
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