August 8, 2016 10:35

“how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you.”
– rupi kaur

Self-love is important. But self-love is difficult. It takes a long time to even get to that point, and sometimes it’s never fully there. Some teenagers have already learned how to fully love themselves, while some adults haven’t even stood up to try and take their first step. Me, I’m still learning, but I’m getting there. Lead by example: love yourself and others will learn how to love you in that way.

love your body
the way it was made
the way your skin has grown
into the way it was supposed to
into your bones.
you were made to look
like this
no matter how
it is.
love your stretch marks
the way they hug around your thighs
like they have nothing else
they want to hold on to,
the way your scars are
stamped all over your body
like they’re telling you
you’re meant to
go places.
love the way your skin tans
as if it’s claiming the different parts
of the world you’ve been to.
love the way
your spine curves,
the way it holds you up
no matter which way
it bends

love the hands that write,
the fingers that itch to
hold hands
with a pen
because no other hand compares
to that
love the way your feet
keeps you grounded
how it sinks into the sand
like it wants to be buried
in paradise.

but most importantly
love your heart
for loving
those that never
had the guts
to love all of you
back the way
it deserved

x jaya


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