I have been single for about 5ish years and it has been a combination of maybe more than happiness, joy, sadness, depression, loneliness, aggression, self-doubt, low self-esteem, patience to then find who I am. Learning what that means and everything that comes along with that. Learning what I want and expect from myself, what I want mentally, physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
Loving myself to me means, self-discovery, and that’s a daily journey because we evolve daily. Self-love takes work; a lot of work initially, but daily effort is necessary because you can easily lose focus and start regressing in to that old version of yourself.
I have learned that loving myself means that I can love someone else, because I can not give what I don’t have.
This reminds me of a saying; “who feels it, knows it”. No one can truly love you until they love themselves first. They have to do the work to love them-selves, so that they can love you. You have to do the work to love yourself to be able to love someone else. When we are filled with genuine, authentic love for ourselves, we can share that with another and gain more love.
Loving yourself is multi-dimensional. No matter how long you’ve practiced self-love, there is always new discoveries about yourself.
Take the time to learn yourself, learn how to love yourself first because you’re worth the effort.
You cannot give what you don’t have, so love yourself to give love.