The point is not to love yourself because you are perfect without any flaws. The point is also not to love yourself despite your flaws. The point is to love yourself with your every flaw, every scar, every bit of imperfection which all comes together to form the person that you are. Love the good, the bad and the ugly. Note that the colours in the pic above are not appealing (at least in my eyes they’re not) which is exactly the point. You will not always be appealing. You will not always be the best version of yourself. It is not humanly possible to be that way. Love yourself anyway. Love yourself even when you’re not so appealing, even when you are being the absolute worst version of yourself. There is no definition on who deserves love, there is no handbook. Everyone deserves love, first and foremost, from themselves. Yes, you make mistakes, you make bad choices, but you’re also learning because of it. Yes, you have shortcomings, the things you do or don’t do have stopped you from having the life you want to have. It’s okay, try again. You’re all that you have. Everything else comes and goes. You are tortured, you are suffering, you feel guilty, ashamed, you are broken but you keep going. You are human, not a robot. You are not meant to do everything perfect or be someone perfect. You are supposed to be imperfect and you’re supposed to meet imperfect people and love them for who they are. If you can love others for being who they are, you can love yourself. The love is there, buried underneath all that hatred, the guilt, the regret. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find it. Forgive yourself, for everything bad you think you did. Dig little by little one day at a time. You’ll eventually find it.
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