What does it mean to love yourself?
I have thought about this for years. What it would take to bring me joy and self-confidence . I remember the days after the arguments where I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror. I would stare desperately into my eyes, searching for my soul and bellow out. "You are a strong confident beautiful women, who can do anything she wants with her life. This hardship is only making you a stronger person. You are beautiful. I love you".
I looked into my eyes and prayed that you had the strength to see your potential. To never doubt your abilities. Mostly to allow yourself non-judgment to follow what brings you joy. It was hard to feel alive when you felt so dead inside.
To me loving yourself is a balance of progressing toward a long term goal but being present in the moment. It is understanding yourself enough to know what brings you joy. It is total acceptance and awareness. With a drive and promise to reaching and living at your full potential.