We humans often seek validation from those around us. I read somewhere that, "self-love is the answer to all your questions."
The thing is there's no manual on how to love yourself. It's like you're stranded on a deserted island and only you can figure out how to survive there.
As for me, self-love means knowing you're enough. It means you accept yourself completely- with all your shortcomings.
In the last few years, I've learned that self-love isn't a destination. It's a long wearying journey.
Practicing self-love makes you powerful. You'll become more mindful of what's best for you and once you enforce that in your life, you will end up captivating better energy. You won't accept anybody's bullshit because you know what you deserve.
Your "I wish I looked like her" will slowly shift to "I think I look pretty today" and finally to "Ah, I look bomb today."
Confidence is another gift that self-love presents you. When you truly start to love yourself, you don't want anyone else to make you happy. People's actions no longer rule your mood. Being in love with yourself doesn’t make you detached but it makes you unconcerned towards those who mistreat you. It makes you put your mind and personal well-being primary.
Self-love is the aftermath of all those times of recovery, all those years of piercing yourself together, gluing up the broken pieces, all those eternities of loneliness, all those years of overthinking. Now, you're more than ready to find out all the answers to your questions.