Yes, it’s true, loving Me, has not always been easy! I faked my happiness, because I wanted what everyone else told me I was supposed to have, what others may have been pretending to have and what society tells us, we’re incomplete without. Hell, for that matter, I was told that I would never find love by people who loved me, because I either didn’t look the part, or it just would never happen for me. This journey to loving me, has taught me some painful, but valuable lessons. You see, we think we love ourselves, based on shallow and superficial things, but that’s just a mask of deception, that helps us shield ourselves from the truth. If we check our records of love, we can trace a lineage of heartache, that we kept accepting, because it served its purpose at that time. Some we attracted, simply because we needed to feel a semblance of something that mimicked love.
It really is true that hurt people, hurt people. While on your search for love, you attract people who aren’t whole either, and you BOTH hurt one another. We convince ourselves that this person loves us, because our common thread is so familiar, but definitely not healthy.
When I discovered I didn’t love me, I sat in the middle of the floor, and cried for hours. That’s when my journey to discovery of real love began – how to love me, and STOP looking for others to do it for me. Nope, it didn’t magically just happen, but I was more aware of my actions, and what I allowed.
TODAY, I couldn’t be more comfortable with me, and whether it be personal or otherwise, the people and things that attach to me, has to be healthy and of service to my well being. If not, I do know that God doesn’t make mistakes, and I’m able to either help them on their journey, or know when to say, “WHEN!”
When I am asked questions from my clients, or just those who are on their own self discovery love journey, I listen with an open mind and heart, because this is a familiar road that is not easy, and definitely shouldn’t be judged. However, I am honest.
It’s so amazing how open I am to love, although it was the single most difficult thing to trust for years upon years. I still struggle a little, but my faith keeps me, and I see God working through me. I’ve had some near misses, but now it seems that love keeps finding me in every area of my life, and it feels so damn good!
It may not have been easy, but it has actually been worth it, because it was my journey to take… In the words of a woman I admire so very much, my literary giant, “Maya Angelou,” I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now!
5 thoughts on “Loving Me, Ain’t Always Been Easy”
This was a very good read, Terry. Many of us have learned to look at love via what I call a “fractured lens.” We borrow everyone else’s perception of love and usually those perceptions are put together with broken pieces. It is my belief that self love is the core of living our best lives. When we learn to love ourselves we are happier, more successful and able to give freely to others. Thanks for sharing.
I agree Tiffany! Thank you for your professional insight!
This is a great read and thanks for sharing! If you don’t love yourself, you won’t be good for anyone else. What a wonderful journey of discovering what it really takes to fulfill love and joy inside.
Thank you Cordelia. Yes, the journey of discovery is not always easy, but absolutely necessary and enlightening!
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Loving yourself isn’t as easy as you think! Trust me just a week ago I realized how much I actually loved myself. I realized that I loved others more than I loved me. I learned to say yes more to me! and No to others. There is nothing better than figuring out your own worth and treating you better than anyone can.