The Corona Virus had brought the world to a standstill. Yes, it did affect me also. Just like everyone, I also underwent a lot of emotional turmoil.
Self Love was something that was missing in my life. I learnt the concept of Self Love, as a young adult, when I saw the movie Jab We Met. I love the Lead Character played by Kareena Kapoor. Even though many people found her character very irritating and felt that she was a careless human being, who landed up in a mess. I somehow love her for the way she is. She was in love with herself. She knew the decisions that she would take would affect her life. Because she was in love with herself, she respected her own decisions.
A lot of times, it happens that we want to communicate about our feelings but are unable to do so. That is one of the reasons, why end up with messed relationships.
One of the prime step to self love, is to love and accept yourself. Learn to respect your own choices and decisions. Only then you can love your self. If you do not respect your own decisions, you will find it difficult to respect your choices and decisions and therefore you cannot expect the world to do the same. Always remember nobody understands you better than you yourself. A lot of times, we are unsure about our choices and therefore end up going with the flow. Blindly, follow what the world is doing, in hope that a common decision, will make us happy.
For Example : Something that happens to a lot of us. WE end up selecting our professional Courses for Undergraduation, just because our friends and family has done the same. It does not matter, if you want to be an artist. Your parents wanted you to become a doctor because your friends are doctors, your relatives are doctors. We also have so many engineers amongst us, who end up switching their professions after working for a couple of years. The reason being simple, that they took up engineering to satisfy the wishes of the world but not themselves.
Even today, if we ask a lot of professionals about what they wanted to become in life, their answer would definately not be the same the profession that they are in.
Today, we also have a lot of professionals, who deal with mental health problems because they are not happy in their lives. One of the ways to be happy is to first respect your choices and decisions. The first step towards Self Love begins with standing up for your decisions.
Coming back to my story, I could not love myself for long because I always saw myself through the sterotypical mirror set up by the society. I ended up hating myself more and more everyday. Even though I knew, every individual is born different, I could not accept the fact that I was different and I need to be happy about it. From Skin Colour to Body Shape, to my hair, I started finding faults in my otherwise perfect life.
Covid changed something for me. It kept me away from all toxic people. I limited my interaction with people and as priorities changed in the last few months. I learnt how to count my blessings and be thankful for what I have. I learnt to spend those 5 extra minutes to make myself happy.
But at the end of the day, I won against the negative thoughts and that is what matters afterall.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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