This afternoon, a friend of mine challenged her Facebook followers to post one thing that they love about themselves. My initial response was to post, “My cat,” because honestly, my cat is the best part of me. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized she was being sincere and that there was no room for my self-deprecating snark on a good-hearted, genuine post. So I started thinking. What do I love about myself?
The sad thing is I’m able to come up with at least ten things I DON’T like about myself right off the bat. I hate my thighs. I hate that I have NO sense of direction. I hate that I get frustrated when I’m stuck in traffic. I hate that I still struggle with social anxiety. I hate that I’m such a procrastinator. I hate that I’m stubborn. I hate that I’m judgmental. I hate that I still don’t understand percentages. The list goes on and on.
As I was sitting there, thinking of all the things that I don’t like about myself, I realized that that’s not uncommon. As a society, I feel like we’re programmed to dwell on the negative. We’re constantly told by the media, by celebrities, by corporations trying to sell us things HOW much we could improve. We could be skinnier. We could be richer. We could have cooler things. We could visit cooler places. We should not be satisfied with our mediocre lives and our mediocre bodies because look at how much better these other people are living.
But you know what? Screw that. I have a great life. I have wonderful friends, an amazing family, I love my pets, I love my job… Life has been pretty good to me. And there is a lot to love. It’s okay to love yourself. It’s healthy to love yourself! Maybe our world would be a more positive place if we all learned to love ourselves, flaws included. And let’s face it, this world could definitely step it up a notch or two on the positivity scale.
So here it goes. Even though it goes against everything we’re taught (i.e. to be humble and NOT to brag on ourselves) here are a few things that I love about myself.
I love my sense of humor. It’s probably my favorite thing about myself. Other may not appreciate it as much, but I personally thing I’m hysterical.
I love that I’m a pretty decent judge of character.
I love that I have my Master’s Degree. I worked hard for that degree. I’m proud of it.
I love that I’m brave enough to go after the things that I want, that I’m not afraid to take a few chances.
I love that I love to learn and that most things come fairly easily to me (except percentages… that’s just a lost cause. Oh, and carrying a map in my head. That’s not gonna happen either).
I love that I’m healthy and that my blood pressure is super low. With all the heart disease and cholesterol problems that run in my family, I will never take low blood pressure for granted.
I love that I still believe in what can’t be explained.
I love my books. I love my photography. And I love that I’ve found things that truly make me happy.
I love that even though I’m a free spirit by nature, I can be serious and professional when I need to be.
I love that at 28, I’m still dreaming.
Okay, now it’s your turn. In the comments section or in your own post, tell me everything that you love about you. And don’t be ashamed! You are an amazing person. It’s time you owned it.