Ladies, Look Inside Yourself For Love

Ladies, Look Inside Yourself For Love

Sometimes life can hand you some pretty bad vibes.

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Our lives aren't perfect no matter who you are, regardless of the people you surround yourself with or the wealth and success you possess. Everyone feels down. Everyone feels sadness and disappointment, and that's OK.

Your life is composed of so many moments, opportunities, and chances to be great, AND to become the person you've always dreamed of being. But, so often we feel this burden of 'not being good enough'. But why do we let this simple, inadequate thought dictate our lives? As women, we have enough to deal with, and more often than not, it stems from this lack of self-love. Quite frankly, we don't appreciate ourselves enough for the wonderful women we are today, and that is a shame. So how do we reach into our souls, our broken, love-deprived, souls, and grab the last ounce of faith?

Now, this is the difficult part: it is time to open your heart. Now, look inside. What do you see? A girl who feels sad or lonely, disappointed at the way her life has carried thus far, or maybe even a girl who just needs someone to realize she is good enough, even if she doesn't think so herself. No matter how you feel, it takes the eyes of the one who's broken to look inside. But she'll see so much more than what meets the eye.

She'll see beauty and strength. She will see love and faith. She will see acceptance and importance. She will see intelligence and self-will. What she won't see is the bad. The bad that takes over, the low-self esteem, the longing for love and acceptance, and the sadness she feels because it is all perfect inside of her. God created you as a beacon of light to shine into this dark world. He formed a perfect being, and he did so, for you to love yourself.

Inside you — every single one of you — is love. Love makes our souls ache for adventure, lust, dreams, and experience. We are simply bodies with hearts that need opening, and if you aren't ready to let someone in just yet, do yourself a favor and open your heart to yourself. This heart has been shaped by every single experience (bad or good), and has created this perfect idea of who you are. You do not always have to look for outside acceptance, instead, it's what is inside you that proves you are the woman you have always desired to be.

Our lives are simply days, ticking away. Living this life in the shadow of what could have been, because you won't look inside yourself for this love is foolish.

Go out there and be the woman you have always wanted to be, but wouldn't. This life is so ridiculously short and unpredictable that we never quite know when it will change. This life was meant to be lived through the soul of a person who loves themselves, despite it all.

You have the power to love YOU, for you— just look inside your beautiful heart and see.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Don't Forget About Self-Love

It's been a long winter, don't forget to put yourself first.

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For most people, spring break still isn't for another few weeks and let's be honest - it's very needed at this point. January felt like five months just by itself and it feels like winter has been going on for years. So amidst midterms, jobs, events, and everything else going on remember that sometimes you need to put yourself first.

It doesn't help anyone for you to be constantly busy and beating yourself up when one thing goes wrong. This especially doesn't help you. Everyone is feeling pressure from something, and no one is going to blame you for using some of your free time to get yourself back on track. You're much more useful when you're cup is full than when you're completely drained from trying to do everything at all times.

In college, we learn to be people-pleasers whether we want to or not. You want to impress your professor, your boss, and even your friends. You want everyone to think that you are having the most amazing time at all times. Sometimes a lot of negative feelings come up when you can't be doing something for everyone and then you feel liked you've failed.

This pressure is especially true for graduating seniors. We're all so focused on what's next and how we can maximize all our time left that we forget to take care of ourselves. We take on every project we can to prove we can do it. We try to hang out with everyone we know because we may never see them again after graduation. We constantly worry that we're just running out of time to do everything. Sometimes we forget that if we burn ourselves out now, we're not going to be able to do much later.

While the solution isn't to just give up and become a hermit, we need to realize that sometimes the best thing to do is to take a step back. If you have thirty different projects going on ask for help on some of them. Collaborating is much easier than drowning in endless work. If you have free time and you've been busy all week take a night off instead of committing to seeing every friend you have. Self-breaks are sometimes the best breaks.

In the end, remember that you're not alone by any means when it comes to anything you're feeling and sometimes it just takes getting away to get better.

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