Author: Amani Omar, Hamilton-ON.
With February coming to a close, people have cleared out stores of chocolates and have given them to their friends, family, and special someones. Valentine’s day is February’s staple holiday, and with the growing self-care trend comes the February self-love affair.
In which, people treat themselves kindly and love themselves all throughout the month of February. I know that personally, self-love is a long and hard journey. And it takes awhile to get the hang of.
For me, taking self portrait photographs had always been the way for me to love my outward appearance, without snapchat filters and without makeup. Loving myself truly for whatever appearance I might have throughout the day.
You must be thinking, how do you do that Amani?
Well, it’s not as easy as it may seem. It takes a lot of courage to take a picture of yourself and be satisfied with what you look like the first time around, but saying kind things is most definitely key to the process.
“I really like how my hair looked in that photo!” Or “I love my smile in this one!”
Little encouragements to yourself are what helps you stop looking at the bad and start looking at the good. I understand that everyone thinks that you have to be good at photography to take pictures. But that is most definitely not true!
There’s one quote by Rutherford B. Hayes:
“Every expert was once a beginner.”
It’s a quote that I pass by on the way to math class everyday at school, and it sure does give one courage to be spontaneous.
Even with painting, drawing, writing, or poetry, you won’t ever be perfect at the first try. But if you keep going you become better and better at doing so. It’s the same with self-love, if you keep telling yourself good things, caring for yourself and thinking positive, you start to feel better about yourself.
Just like the law of attraction states: “If you think positive, positive things will happen.”
Here’s an excerpt of ‘A Self Love Affair’, a poem i wrote about my own thoughts on the topic:
“See self love is never just loving yourself. It’s knowing that even when dark times hit, you can overcome that. Because like a tree you will grow.
It’s the idea that you appreciate yourself even though you been through some shit and will go through a hell of a lot more. But t
February has been a month of ups-and-downs. And as it comes to a close, let’s challenge ourselves to start a #selflovejourneychallenge.
How do you love yourself? In art? Photography? Poetry? Community work?
Share your self love journey with us!
Stay unexpectedly you,