Greetings Friends of the Inter-web
I haven’t been feeling the best and most focused lately. My emotions are all over the place and everything just feels chaotic. I know we’ve all been feeling it lately. I blame Mercury being in Retrograde, but I’m sure the state of the world has something to do with it. I feel like for all of us our sense of normal has been shaken up, maybe in a good way…. or “bad”. Regardless, it’s like we’re all just searching for some type of security or validation to bring comfort (a lot of us at least). I know based on my mental health struggles and past experiences, I personally have a bad habit of seeking validation from others. Not even about anything that matters. It could be validation about feelings, decisions, etc…..but I only do it when I get in a certain headspace. All of us humans do it from time to time. It isn’t that fun.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing, it’s a human thing. I do think after a certain point it starts to take away our own power and inability to trust ourselves. Then we start not knowing ourselves and just being what everyone else wants, and then it gets so so hard to get back to who we are. Sooo…. in an attempt to kind of put that energy and trust back into me (flip it if you will), and to do a little bit of svadhyaya (self-study). I wrote a list of things I like about myself. I’m sharing a few things from that list because I just think we all need the inspiration or motivation sometimes. Or an example or starting place.
A few things I like about myself:
I like my sense of curiosity
I like how I’m not afraid to roam the world alone.
I love my boldness.
I like how I can eventually laugh at anything, even if it’s bad or something silly I did.
I like how willing I am to try to do the right thing, even if Im a little confused about right from wrong sometimes (oops)
I love my hair, yep. a little vain, but true.
I like how excited I can get about change.
You get the point. Just a few things about myself that I don’t appreciate on the regular or forgot about myself. I don’t think we celebrate ourselves enough. I also don’t think we really know ourselves all that much sometimes. Self-love is kind of a way to self-study too. Forcing yourself to think about who you are and what you do and why. We don’t take the time we need to love ourselves and truly know ourselves. We (maybe I’m just speaking for myself here), but we can’t want or expect to help and know others when we can’t do it for ourselves. Maybe we think it’s selfish or egotistical, but it isn’t.
Celebrate yourself. Drink some water.
I want to know in the comments what are some things you love about yourself? What do you do to take back your own power or take care of yourself?