In the world we live in today, people surround themselves with positivity to validate who they are as people (and I am no exception.)
One such example is body positivity, the celebration of self.
Fundamentally, it’s a form of self-acceptance. Often times, however, it’s mislabeled as self-love.
This, to me, is a distinction that is quite particular.
To me, self love is not allowing myself to be just adequate. In the way that an ideal love brings out the best in others; self love should bring out the best in oneself.
Though this isn’t to say that I don’t accept myself as I am. Just that I value progress
Without belittling who I am at present, I aspire to evolve with every iteration of self.
What I mean is, self love is about growth, and growth isn’t always a positive thing. As Alexis Carrel once said, “Man cannot remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor.”
There have been a plethora of moments that have required me to sacrifice things in the short term (usually sleep) for long term benefit (usually marks) just this year.
But the roots go deeper than just what is quantifiable. Improvement of self is in all facets of who I am. Character, academics, leadership, athletics, health – in all the things that I consider pillars of my life.
Every word I read today should be a word I can define tomorrow.
Every ball I drop today should be a ball I catch tomorrow.
Every misdeed I do today will be repaid by ten good deeds tomorrow.
Every mistake made today is an opportunity for growth tomorrow.
Though it can be said, that my philosophies are all just a way to find and surround myself with positivity, and that would be correct. (I am no exception.)