Written by Rhania Kamel.
With Valentine’s Day being an unofficial American holiday, I understand that there’s this societal pressure to engage in romantic love and be part of a relationship that transcends the individual. For me, this day is an opportunity to reflect on myself and on the importance of learning to love myself first.
As lovely and exciting as romantic love is, there is still something to be said about being your own best friend and learning to exist by yourself. Self-love and self-acceptance is not only key in one’s relationship with others, but also in one’s relationship with themselves.
Loving yourself means being more confident with your actions and choices, enjoying your own company, forgiving yourself for your mistakes and allowing yourself to grow without impeding the growth of others. Being comfortable with yourself, flaws and all is crucial for self-acceptance and self-love.
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