Self Love by Anusha Popli
“Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you”
This past year has been very challenging for all of us. The foundation on which many of us live our lives were severely shaken. We were forced to re-evaluate our preconceived notions and beliefs. The phrase “We’re all in this together” has never made more sense. Even though fear was widespread and uncertainty was crippling, there was a little light of hope and comfort that we’re not alone. Indeed, the times are hard but we don’t have to go through this alone.
While many were stuck in quarantine without their family and friends, Emma felt extremely lucky to be with her family. Most didn’t have a home to go to. Whenever she felt ungrateful or sad when things weren’t going the way they were supposed to, her mom made her realise how fortunate she was.
Emma had a comfortable house to live in, three meals of delicious food, and fancy clothes to wear. She didn’t have to struggle to earn the basic amenities to lead a safe and healthy life like several children her age have to. Self Love is imperative.
This quarantine quite often made her think about the unfortunate nature of other, less privileged people; it made her rethink her approach towards life.
Emma had always associated conditions to meaning and reason for her happiness. If someone behaved in a specific way or if she received her desired wish or goal, she would be happy. This quarantine helped her became accountable for her own happiness. It helped her realise that materialistic things can just give temporary sense of comfort and pleasure but in the end, she is the one who has to create her own happiness. And to create her own happiness, she has to accept and love herself first.
Self love is an appropriate regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. Self love means taking care of one’s own needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. It refers to accepting oneself and working towards reaching our true potential. The aspects of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health are worked upon.
The lockdown seemed like the perfect time to work upon these aspects. Emma’s overall health was not ideal before the lockdown and her board exams didn’t help either. She recently went through a breakup and wasn’t in a good headspace.
Emma’s relative was inclined towards helping her out. Aahana suggested some alternative yoga and breathing techniques like SKY technique, meditation, Kundalni Yoga and some basic stretches. She also gave several tips like maintaining a good sleep schedule, consuming a good, healthy diet, keeping a journal and to simply spend more time in the nature and with herself. Emma was grateful and was excited to try them out.
“If you want good results, do them with sincerity and be consistent” advised Aahana to Emma.
“Yes, I am looking forward to a new challenge” replied Emma with appreciation.
Emma embarked on her 40-days of well-being challenge with enthusiasm and determinism. She started off with high motivation and high energy, ready to fight any challenges that will across.
As the time passed, low motivation and laziness crept her way. The temptations to quit and go back into that cycle of mindless lifestyle also slithered into her consciousness. Emma tried her best to fight through them. Emma tried her best to fight through them.
Aahana also made weekly visits and check into how Emma was doing. She was a constant source of motivation and support.
Emma also indulged into the practice of reading. She read several fictions works of Dan Brown, Jeffery Archer, John Grisham and Sydney Sheldon. One book named ‘Ikigai’ left a lasting impact on her. Japanese believe that everyone has an ikigai, a purpose in life, something that would make you jump out of bed each morning. Emma was mesmerised by this book. She religiously followed the tips religiously.
While doing the challenge, Emma felt something shift. Her need for constant validation and approval was diminishing. Other people’s opinion didn’t hold much value as they did before. She felt more confident than ever.
“I will love you like hunger loves the poor, like alcohol loves the abuser, like the sun loves the drought, as death loves the young, like darkness loves the terrified, like a razor loves the scars, how injustice loves the victim.
But above all, I’ll try my best to love myself. For if I don’t love myself, how will I love anyone else?
So, it’s crucial to love yourself. To understand and accept yourself. Embrace your flaws and imperfections. These are what makes us human. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. But Self Love is important in everyone’s life.
Discover you soul first before searching for a soulmate.”
Written By: Anusha Popli
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