The way life is these days, it has become a choice between living and loving. You either love, or you live. You just do not do both together. And when I say love, I mean love of everything; work, family, friends, hobbies, material achievements etc. It has become incomprehensible for many of us that we can live life as we love it and love life as we live it. All we need is passion, strength, confidence and faith; passion for what we do, strength to stand up for it, confidence in our abilities, and faith in ourselves, in fate, in life itself. It is possible to live AND love. Life does not have to be a burden thrust upon us.
It starts with loving ourselves. If you love yourself for who you are; faults and flights together, you will be fair to yourself. And being fair to yourself means taking opportunities to do what you love. Everyone knows what they love. It is a distinct feeling; to do what you love. And it begins with loving yourself. In doing this, you automatically love life too.
“Love yourself enough to have a meaningful life.”
― Millen Livis
“Be mindful and love yourself.”
― Debasish Mridha
“Our soul is like a soft and gentle flower, it needs to be nurtured, cared for, tended to, with sufficient sunlight, fresh air and freedom to bloom into its most precious and beautiful form. This, my friend, is self-love.”
― Miya Yamanouchi, Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women
From loving oneself comes confidence. Confidence is to show others your true face, to be vulnerable without being weak, to be able to be weak, without breaking down, and to even break down in confidence of being able to get back up, and to get back up strong with your head held high, without regrets of falling. This in turn, strengthens passion, which is inborn. Passion exists in all of us, we all know what we’re passionate about. For some it might lie in art, in literature, in science, in social work, in nature, in manual labor, in anything. It comes from within. It gives strength; strength to go on, to continue when going on seems unimaginable, to persuade others to walk with you, to make something out of the passion and present it to the world. And all of this comes together to strengthen faith which is undoubtedly, innate. Everything stems from it, everything strengthens and weakens it. And faith, it makes all the difference.
Living in its raw form is to love, and vice versa. Nowadays, they’ve been separated and given differentiating definitions when that is not how it is, neither is it how it should be. If the society tells you to just live, no matter what, whether you love living that way or not, tell society you don’t run by its rules. Better yet, prove it wrong. Show it how you can make your own way and make your life one that you love. You are not powerless. You are as powerful as you think you are. Give yourself a chance. Live AND love.
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