Love

I recently stumbled upon the works of poet Pablo Naruda. I’m usually not a reader of poetry, preferring my poetry in the form of music, but while reading an otherwise silly book, I stumbled across Naruda’s words and fell in love.

Love is a strange thing. When trying to define it, I immediately think of the extremes of first love, new love. Enduring, romantic, familiar, affectionate — all types of love.

The love I keep forgetting about is the love of self; not a conceited, narcissistic type of love, but the kind of love that gives you strength and peace.

“Self-care” is a word I heard a lot about in 2020, and holy cow but it’s important. It’s a shame it took an apocalyptic year to bring self-love to the forefront.

My goal in 2021 is to keep taking care of myself on a deeper level than upping my skincare game and enjoying a walk in the woods. I want to take care of my soul, feed it, nurture it, love it. With a strong spirit, seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be surpassed. I expect to get banged up and bruised along the way, but if I sit still and do nothing, how can I love anything — or anyone?

What is your fundamental goal for 2021?

xo, Lori

8 Comments on “Love

  1. I found love of self prior to 2020. Self discovery was forced on me. I realized who I really am and what I really want. I can look in the mirror and smile at the image I see. I still see the marks the years have left, but every line and scar is a memory I cherish. All the pain and pressure I have faced has made me the human being I am today. I like me. I love me. Learning to love yourself is the hardest thing you will ever do, but so worth the journey. My goal in 2021 is to deepen my relationship with myself and to share that person with the people closest to me. I owe that to myself and the people I love.

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  2. I was forced into self discovery prior to 2020. It was painful and a lonely process. I can actually say I like and love the image I see in the mirror now. I still see the marks and scars time have left on me. I don’t regret there existence. They make me who I am. My goal is to share my true self with the people I love. They deserve my best.

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  3. I was forced into learning how to love myself prior to 2020. It was a painful and lonely process. I can actually look in the mirror and say I like what I see, scars and all. My goal is to share more of my authentic self with those I love. They deserve my best.

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  4. Great post. I’m jealous of your ability to look inside and write about it so well. Tough for me to do.

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