Pick a version of yourself from the past that makes you feel loved, hopeful, and at peace. Add as much detail as you want. Is there someone there with you that deepens that impression? Let yourself fall in love with the person you were and remember that you are still that person. Embrace her, take some time for her, and let her be free of all the things that you know are about to happen to her. I’m glad that younger version of me didn’t know how it was all going to turn out. Why should we worry her with details? Let her enjoy the moment. Life’s best moments are just that: moments.
There’s not much I wouldn’t do to make myself well and keep myself healthy. You might say I’m having a love affair with myself. I’m pretty invested in making myself happy, and I’m not afraid to say it. But a big part of learning how to love myself meant going back and learning to love the younger versions of myself that brought me to where I am today. I have spent some time thinking about the times that were hard and how they have brought about the most change. There’s nothing enchanting about sitting idle in a brokedown palace. There is nothing natural about being stagnant. Life is about evolving and growing. By embracing the flow and staying focused on self-love along the way you nurture your soul and create hopeful and peaceful versions of yourself in the present to look back on in the future.
So when you convince yourself that you don’t have enough time to devote to yourself, or that you just can’t take a few minutes away from your busy life to quiet your mind and calm your soul, remember that one day you may need today’s version of yourself to draw on to ease your mind another day. Take a moment. Make a memory. You’ll thank yourself later.
“I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It’s a journey of recovery. It’s a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It’s already there.” -Billy Corgan
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