A Love Letter to Myself
Hello, it’s me.
Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and while the sugar rush from all that cheap candy remains, there’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you.
I love you.
I know, you’re probably thinking, “Well, DUH. Of course you love me, I’m awesome!”
But no girlfriend, I really do love you, and I neglect to tell you that enough.
I see you out here grinding. You’re working long hours, reading all of the books, taking tons of notes, and putting in the work necessary to make your dreams come true. As you juggle the hustle, you’re doing your best to be an attentive daughter, supportive sister, and caring friend. And that’s not always easy. Being so many different things to so many different people can be overwhelming. But in order for you to be a great person to so many different people, you have to first be good to yourself.
Which means that sometimes you have to say ‘no.’ With love. Love for yourself and those around you.
It also means that you will have to walk away from situations that may not be good for you, even when your heart is telling you to do the complete opposite. With love. Love for yourself that’s stronger than anything else.
And most importantly, you have to admit when you’re wrong and actively practice forgiveness. Again, it all comes back to love – feeling it and living it.
Do you want to know what I love most about you, though? Oh, let me count the ways…
- You give selflessly.
- You’re unapologetically daring.
- You always dance like no one’s watching
- And you’re incredibly optimistic and fearless about the future.
I love you knowing you’re imperfect.
- You can be impatient.
- You procrastinate more than you should.
- You sometimes hear things that people say, but don’t always take the time to really listen.
All of these things (good and bad) have made you into the woman that you are today.When you make a mistake, don’t be so hard on yourself! Allow for moments of humility to teach you lessons that can and will propel you forward. Remember that growth takes time, and you’ve done a damn good job thus far.
Your bright light transcends any darkness that you may feel on a bad day, and your faith in the beauty that life has to offer will always carry you through.
I love you, and don’t you forget it.
And now I challenge you, boss – yes, YOU!
Take a sticky note out of your desk drawer and write yourself a love note. Why do you love you? What do you love most about who you are? Go on, gush a little! Then post it to your computer screen for the rest of the day and tell us how it goes in the comments below!
Digital communications strategist and freelance journalist Chasity Cooper specializes in online brand strategy for nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses. A self-proclaimed “Millennial On A Mission”, Chasity began herself-titled blog in September 2011 that has evolved to empower and encourage her peers to identify ways to intersect their life’s passion and purpose. She currently is a contributor to Slant News, and has contributed to other millennial websites such as LEVO League, Her Agenda, The Root and The Branding Muse. A 2011 graduate of Syracuse University, Chasity currently lives in Washington, D.C. Follower her on Twitter here.