Its time to stop being so hard on yourself. Its time to start being softer with yourself. Its time to start being softer with your
Its time to realize that you wont have all the answers and youre not supposed to. Its time to realize that living a life that you never wished for doesnt mean you failed, it means youre living your purpose, whether the one you already know or the one youre about to figure out. Its time to stop comparing your life to others who seem to have it all together because maybe there is something that will come out of the chaos in your life.
Its time to stop berating yourself for your failed relationships, your bad love choices and the rejections youve faced. Its time to remember that this is how love works in this day and age, people date and break up. People dont savor the profound intensity or meaning of love like they used to. People are more guarded and more selfish and its going to take a while to get it right. Its going to take a lot of trial and error to know what youre looking for. Its going to take a lot of work. Youre not or just because you havent found love yet, youre simply in the elimination process until you find a winner.
Its time to stop feeling guilty for doing whats best for you. Its time to stop denying yourself so many things in order not to offend or upset people. Its time to live for yourself and do what makes your heart happy. Youve been trying to keep everyone happy and everything together until you realized that youre the one falling apart. Its time to learn that you cant always be the perfect friend, the perfect partner or the perfect child. Its time to be okay with being flawed and making mistakes and letting people down because youre human and youre
If you want people to be softer with you, you have to be softer with yourself. You cant be your own worst enemy and expect the world to be on your side.
The world is already hard on you. It’s constantly testing and challenging you. It doesn’t really care if you’re tired or if you had a bad day. It just keeps going. But if you don’t know how to be compassionate and patient with yourself, you’ll stop half-way. You won’t be able to finish the race. You won’t be able to appreciate your journey.
I’ve learned that indifference will get you temporary satisfaction because it’s short-lived. But compassion lives forever. Learning to be softer with yourself will be your saving grace when the world turns its back on you.
Rania Naim is a poet and author of the new book , available here.
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