Putting your foot down to appreciate all your quirkiness

Luke Stergiou / Equinox staff

You are the boss of your own life. The importance of loving yourself is something that many tend to not prioritize in their lives. However, self love and appreciation can lead to greater self esteem which results in greater success. When you love yourself, you take more opportunities that come your way, you see your worth, your value and you believe in yourself.

When it comes to loving yourself and prioritizing yourself in your life, it is important to still be conscious of working actively towards your aspirations in life and being mindful of others. Don’t let “self-love” transition into self-obsession. Loving yourself is being comfortable with the person you are, despite flaws and mistakes. An individual who is self-obsessed is more concerned about their outward appearance, and what others think of them. People who show themselves love are much more capable of showing it equally to others. Be proud of who you are, not ashamed of how you may seem to other people.

There are many circumstances in life that can push you down and make you feel that you are not enough. In many cases, college is one of them. College is one of the largest transitional times in a person’s life. Nothing is certain, no one really knows what they are doing or who they want to become. Go with what your heart tells you. It’s hard to listen, but sometimes you have to. If you aren’t loving yourself, how are you supposed to feel confident? This trait can help make college a much more positive experience, and they all start with loving yourself and who you are.

Something important to remember is you are always a work in progress. Sometimes, when you are too hard on yourself, you forget how to love yourself. It’s okay if you don’t know what direction you are going in; you have time to figure it out. It’s okay if you haven’t reached all of your goals yet; don’t worry, you will get there. Go with what your heart tells you. It’s hard to listen to that sometimes but you have to. If you don’t show yourself the same care and love that you show others, how can you expect others to show it to you? Love yourself, and others will too. Believe in yourself, and others will believe in you too. Remember; you can never fail at being yourself.

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