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 exulted, 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
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.