Self-love is a very interesting topic. Whenever you begin to praise yourself publicly, others may get the notion that you’re being conceited or expressing some form of narcissism––or at least that’s what I believe. Regardless, self-love must be practiced. How else can you love others if you don’t full love yourself? Here are 10 things I love about myself.
1. I’m Loving As Fuck
Behind this alpha male persona of someone who has his shit together, I’m actually a big sweetheart. I love how much I care about people and their well being. I always go into the mentality that love is my religion. One of my mentors, Tony Robbins, once said that “the secret to living is giving.” I give a lot of my heart and love to others because I believe it’s the right thing to do. Mostly it just feels right.
2. I’m Giving
There’s this quote where a guy says something along the lines of, “He gave you $100 and I gave you $10. What you didn’t realize was $10 was all I had.” I’m that guy with anyone. If I have $20, WE have $20. I always want to give and although it can come at the detriment of taking care of myself sometimes, I love that I want to help others regardless of what situation I’m in.
3. I Admit When I’m Wrong
This one has taken a lot of work but I’m glad I’ve worked and continue to work on this. I love that I now acknowledge that I’m not always right. It gives me the opportunity to learn and grow in ways that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. It also creates a space for others to feel like what they say matters and I love when others feel good.
4. I Love That Family Is Important To Me
My family comes first in my life. Whatever they need, I’m there for them. I’m not always punctual but I definitely do my best at the given moment to be there for them. Whether it’s an emergency or a family event, I put my best effort forward because I know that whatever is going on is important for someone in the family. I love that I’m family oriented.
5. I Acknowledge The Greatness In Others
What you do matters. At times it may not seem like you have a power or a gift to give the world but honestly we all have something. I love that I acknowledge the greatness in others, even when others don’t see anything in themselves.
6. I’m Vulnerable
Getting in tune with my feelings is something I really love about myself. I feel like being a “man” has gone way overboard in regards to the social stigmas placed on the male population. A real man in my opinion is in tune with his emotions and the way we get to be that is to be vulnerable. Crying, expressing my emotions, etc. is something I definitely love about myself.
7. I Keep It Real
I’ve been called a dick, a hater, an asshole, etc. You name it, I’ve probably been called it. In my experience people just don’t want to hear the truth. I’m not someone who will stroke your ego just to make you feel good. Or give you a pat on the back and say, “good job” when in fact you are not doing a good job and are actually fucking up. I love my rawness. I love how real I keep it, regardless of what you have to say. I speak up because I care. I love this about me.
8. I Go Against The Norm
Going to school, graduating, and getting a safe secure job with benefits is playing it safe. I don’t want safe. I want challenged and growth. I want to exceed what’s normal. I challenge the status quo and constantly go against the grain. I want to be remembered for standing out, not blending in and living a “good life.” I want to and am living a GREAT LIFE. I love that I challenge what’s normal and am propelled by my courage.
9. I’m A Learn It All
I don’t know everything and I never will. My aim isn’t to be this rolodex of information but rather to be a man of value. I want to soak up as much information and knowledge as I can so that I can be educated and informed. I love that I’m in constant learn mode, even when taking what I learn and applying it into tangible actions. The only way to learn more is to listen.. which brings me to my next self-love..
10. I’m Understanding and Compassionate
When someone has pain, is excited, or is experiencing some other type of emotion––I sit and I listen. I love how I ask in depth questions to really get someone to feel comfortable with being vulnerable and opening up. Listening is something I really love about myself because it gives me a chance to really empathize with whatever someone is sharing with me. I think listening and giving advice (or remaining silent) is one of my greater qualities. I love this about myself.
What do you love about yourself? Share in the comments below!