2016 was the year of like realising stuff. If only Kylie Jenner took some thought to expand this statement! It’s almost the end of the first month in 2017 and I really do feel that last year was the year of self-revelation. I took a lot of time to focus on myself and I plan to keep on doing that this year.
I feel that loving yourself is still regarded as being a selfish act. Putting yourself first in certain situations is more beneficial than you might think. Sometimes you need to think whether what you’re doing is really what you wish to be doing and not what others want you to be doing. Surround yourself with people who make you happy and bring out the best in you. Don’t be afraid to let go of friendships or relationships which seem to be making you unhappy.
Another thing I decided to implement last year was to stop comparing myself to other people. I realised that that was, in fact, one of the key reasons why I felt unhappy most of the time. Learning to love yourself means being comfortable with yourself inside and out. How can you love someone else if you don’t appreciate and love yourself first? This change in mindset did not happen overnight. When I find myself falling into the trap of comparing myself to someone else, I remind myself how far I’ve come to be completely at ease with myself.
I also realised that you can be your own worst enemy. No one is as hard on you as you are to yourself. Be the best you can be but also remember to cut yourself some slack sometimes. Everyone makes mistakes so forgive yourself for the past and move forward.
Being mindful towards other people’s needs is such an amazing quality but sometimes you just gotta do what’s best for you.