The 7 Rules For Life (6)

6. TREAT YOURSELF LIKE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.

There is a saying about self love, and it goes like this:

“How you love yourself, is how you teach others to love you.”

– Unknown

And that is one of the truest things ever. How you love, treat and respect yourself is how others will.

If you don’t love yourself, who will?

If you don’t respect yourself, no one else will.

If you can’t love yourself, how can you love someone else?

Imma go ahead and start off by saying: Self love isn’t selfish! Whoever thinks that treating yourself with kindness, putting yourself first, and loving yourself are selfish, can get the f*ck outta here.

In fact loving yourself is the least selfish thing you can do! Why? Because the people that love you, obviously care about you, and when you’re not even able to love yourself, and keep yourself happy, the people around you will definitely not be happy that you’re sad, and if you can’t love yourself you definitely cannot love your loved ones. So loving yourself, and putting yourself first will make your loved ones even happier, and more loved.

Look, you are the only person in the world who will stick with you to the end. No one else will be there 100%. You’re your biggest companion. You are your own leader. Your body, your mind, and your heart. Those are all yours. And if you can’t take care of them, they can’t take care of you, which means you’ll end up unhappy and lonely.

And the only way you’re ever going to get somewhere in life, be someone who you want to be, and achieve the things you want to, is to learn to take care of yourself, and love yourself. Only when you love yourself, understand yourself, respect yourself and prioritize yourself, will you be able to go somewhere in life.

If you can’t even get along with yourself, how will you get along with others along the path? It’s just not possible.

So in order to love yourself, you gotta first off with these:

  • Never be too hard on yourself. Treat yourself kindly.
  • Never criticize yourself harshly. Only use constructive criticism.
  • Never put yourself down. Always put yourself on top.
  • Never judge yourself. Instead, accept yourself.
  • Never tolerate shit from other people. Have some respect for yourself.
  • Always talk to yourself like you would talk to the love of your life. Because you’re the most important person in your life.
  • Always be willing to understand yourself. Cuz if you don’t, who will?

If you don’t do any of these, I suggest you start doing them immediately. Because if you don’t do any of these, you can’t really love yourself. And as I said, if you can’t love yourself, you can’t truly love anyone else.

The more you love yourself, the less you’ll depend on others, the less validation you will need, and the less people you need. When you love yourself, you become an unstoppable force that can only be destroyed by you, and you alone. Badass is when you know you’re perfect, and enough the way you are (doesn’t mean you can’t improve btw), and to not seek approval from other people.

Lastly, f*ck what others think, because the only approval you need is from you, and yourself only.

-Nana

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