You may not be the first person you imagine when you think about writing a love letter to someone, but why not?
Have yourself a hot cup of tea or a glass of red wine, and read on. This is my love letter to myself, but I know what I have written can also ring true for many others.
You would think that upon mentioning detoxing, that it would be about flushing out your body. However, it's about something far stronger than that. You've had such toxicity in your life, and the way you've tackled it is admirable. Abstaining from toxic relationships has done wonders for you, my dear. You're more sure than ever of who you are, because now you don't have anyone poisoning your peace or overexerting your emotions. Good on you. You've become a lot stronger than you thought you could be.
I Love the Way You Lie
Not in the way you fail to reveal the truth, but rather the way that you take a rest when you know when you have reached your limit for the day. Naps are your friend. I appreciate how careful you are so as to not overdo them, because goodness knows they can do a number on your coveted sleep schedule. After you nap, you have new energy to tackle your to-do lists, and you work until you've achieved what you set out to do that day. This may seem like such a silly thing to love, but I do. I just love that you take care of yourself.
"Alone" and "Lonely" Are Not Synonyms
You've really accomplished the art of being alone, yet not lonely. You have been adamantly admiring the sublimity of silence, the pulchritudinous placidity of your environment. Truly, you have seen that thoughts and reflections can really be some of your best companions. Being content as you spend time away from the crowds and activity has proven to bring out quite a curious and introspective side of you, which I absolutely adore.
What You Eat
Oh, girl, if you are what you eat, let's face it. You would not be a giant stalk of broccoli. I love the fact that you have days when you just treat yourself to pizza and frozen yogurt, but I am glad it's not every day. Just please remember that vegetables really have your best interests at heart, if ingested properly. Healthy really looks good on you.
"Fashion Fades, Only Style Remains."
Coco Chanel spoke these ageless words which shall never fail to ring true. And girl, you've got style. Even without chasing the latest trends or worrying about ensuring your brows are "on fleek", you are effortlessly fabulous. When you cut all your hair off, it only heightened your beauty. You discovered something you hadn't realised before: You are not your hair. Long, short, curly, straight, red, blonde, or brunette; whatever sort of hair you decide to have (and you've tried it all), it does not define you. Darling, you're a work of art. It's in the way you carry yourself, the way you smile with your eyes when you speak, and in the way your elegance subtly reveals itself.
Patience Is A Virtue
How many times have you said those words to your students? But have you ever aimed them at yourself? You have more patience than you realise. Whether it comes into play when you are tackling a frustrating task, suddenly having an unexpected case of the blues to contend with, or when you ache to write but nothing seems to flow right, be patient. Rushing through things is not the best idea in these instances, my dear. Take time to breathe, eat something, and you will be able to work through it. The world does not weigh upon your shoulders.
You Are Strong Enough
You have the ability to push yourself through many imperfect situations. I know you possess that strength, because you've exhibited it before. You have seen that life is full of mountains, valleys, gullies, and hills. It just depends on how far you walk. Sometimes, the further you go, the more tenacity is required. You are doing great at this, keep your beautiful little chin up.
You Are Enough
Lamenting over the "almosts" spilling out of your hands is one of yesterday's bad dreams. You almost fell in love for the first time, he almost cherished you, and your hometown almost felt like home. Wake up today to the knowledge that you are enough, you have enough, and you don't need any more. Living in today's world which is full of beautiful trinkets and technology can be tempting to deal with. The thing is, you truly are sufficient all on your own. You've never been so fierce as the day you began to finally embrace yourself and all the flaws that come along for the ride. Be content, and leave all those frayed almosts in the past.
Keep Taking Risks
Two years ago, you thought the biggest change of your life would be to go to South Africa and become a schoolteacher. Interestingly enough, that was just one of the first steps to discovering what risks really looked like. You battled panic attacks in and out of the classroom, met people who unexpectedly would leave an indelible mark upon your life, explored your teaching potential, and look at what you've accomplished, you clever thing. You wouldn't have this amazing experience without recognising the possibility that you might trip up a bit. Darling, you've got spirit. In 2014 at his alma mater, actor Charlie Day said it best. He impressed upon the graduates that "you cannot succeed without this risk of failure, you cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism, and you cannot love without the risk of loss."
You Love Who You Love
We don't really get to choose whom our heart shall run after. It's almost magnetic, this feeling. Enjoy it, bask in it, and don't lose sight of this love. You deserve the true happiness you've been starved of, you deserve every iota of it. It's obvious that you've finally set the Thames on fire, my dear. I have never beheld a more beautiful sight.
Now that you have an idea of what a love letter to yourself can look like, I want to hear from you! Write in the comments below about what you love about yourself. I look forward to reading what you have to say!