Following my last post on the particular anxiety that comes with the struggle of self-love, I think it’s only befitting that this song be added to our playlist. It is so easy to feel dissatisfied with where we are on our journey, whether it’s in our love life, career, or body goals. You get trapped in the comparison game, it feels as though everyone else has their life well mapped out and you’re somehow the only one driving through a fog, unable to see farther than your nose.
I know that feeling all too well, but beating yourself up is hardly ever productive because it stalls your progress. Feeling sorry for yourself gives you a sense of hopelessness that immobilizes you. It is better to be kinder to yourself and your struggle to make it through the day. To recognize your own resilience and the determination you have to not just survive life, but also thrive. As Jess Glynne says in her song,
Don’t be so hard on yourself
Learn to forgive, learn to let go
Everyone trips, everyone falls
Find comfort in the fact that we are all stepping forward with hesitation, not quite sure whether things will workout, often burdened from the trauma of past failures, but pushing through anyways. So dance away your worries for a moment, celebrate your determination, find the beauty in your struggle, and don’t forget:
Isabelle Masado writes about body compassion on her blog "The Dear Body Project". She knows all too well that the personal is the political, is the community. As such, there is no discussing body compassion without talking about the assault on black bodies, trans women, and people with disabilities. Her mantra is, "How can I live in a way that makes room for you too"? She writes to examine, to heal, to redeem.