Loving who you are and self improvement can, and should, go hand in hand.
Unfortunately, there is this mentality had by some that you should “just love and accept yourself for who you are and what you have and that’s all you need.” – An actual statement said to me.
But that’s not all you need. The human condition drives us forward, to the betterment of ourselves, our families and our communities. Stagnation is like poison and the only cure is growth. Whether it be physically, mentally, or spiritually. Growth.
If you have seen literally any of my posts, you know I am all about self love and being genuinely happy with your life. Work a job you love. Do activities that you love. Be happy in your current situation. Conversely, I am also about hard and fast self improvement. Not just physically. But mentally and spiritually. And although I love the person I’ve become, I am definitely not arrogant enough to think I have anything completely figured out. To think that I have it made.
And with that self love and the happiness I feel about my life situation, I do not accept that the person I am now is as good as it gets. That this is as fit as I’ll ever be or as happy as I will ever be. Or that the money I make now is as much as I’ll ever make. The mentality that we should just accept our position in life, or accept where we are, is ludicrous. Absolutely insane.
We preach self love and acceptance at the highest levels. But what about self awareness? Introspection? Self improvement?Three very important things that should be driving us to better ourselves and the people around us. “Love yourself.” “Be yourself.” Yes! One thousand times YES! Please do that.
But don’t forget about the other three. Don’t wrap your mind around just accepting things as they are, Accepting yourself as you are IF you aren’t truly happy. Don’t just act happy because society is now trying to tell us to just accept what is. It’s okay to want to change. To want more. To grow and achieve.
Nothing great has ever come from someone who simply accepted their position in life. The person and place that you are right now is not finite. You can change. You can remake your life into literally ANYTHING you want it to be.
Love yourself enough to let yourself grow 🌱