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We live in a world where one of the primary drivers
of our economy is self-loathing
Hating yourself is socially acceptable,
almost socially required

In a world where every part of you is picked apart
Where we are given a checklist for finding a mate
Tutorials on how to look completely different
than we are
And shame is most of our middle names
Liking yourself is quite literally
an act of rebellion

Camus says:
“The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion”

I think this notion can be a bit scary for some
because we think rebellion has to be
something grand or explosive
And while it can be,
it doesn’t have to be

Simply being yourself
in the face of the world telling you to be, act,
and look differently
is an act of rebellion

Loving yourself despite all the ways you’re told
you are not good enough
is an act of rebellion

Even caring for yourself
is an act of rebellion

To be frank, I have struggled here
against my conditioning,
most desperately
Over and over, cringing
when I hear people say
they love themselves,
judging them for being self-important
or worse, a narcissist

It was totally confronting to my sense of worth
It challenged everything I exalted,
such as being a martyr
or sacrificing for a cause

But when I saw this quote
it touched this tender part of me
Nearly melted me and I got teary-eyed

If someone asked me to list all the things I love,
it wouldn’t have even dawned on me
to consider me

Truly

So I hope it touches some of you
in the way that it touched me

And that you can blast a little love
at self today
And every day
Because ultimately
There is only one precious you
And I promise you
You deserve love too

❤ Emily Joy Rosen

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.