How to love yourself? What does happiness mean to you? I think the quote from Owen Cambell Jr. answered these questions to me. “Happiness means loving yourself and being less concerned with the approval of others.”
When I was young, I worried about how people think about me sometimes. I didn’t like to say “no” to people when they asked me for help even though I knew I was so busy and didn’t have the time to do it. I wanted to please everyone. I wanted to make things perfect. However, I did feel tired and depressed while trying to be perfect for others. I realized that was not a real me. I wore a mask, a shield to protect myself in my social life. I knew I have to change, especially after I became a mom,
One time my husband shared what he heard from the radio with me. It talked about a research that shows even though parents send their kids to the different schools and different environments, the kids would still grow up most likely to be like their parents. I want my kids to have confidence and be carefree to be themselves. I knew what I said, what I thought, my attitude and behavior would have big impact on them. In order to set up a good example to them, I knew I need to take off my mask, to be a real me because I am not perfect. After I realized that and did that, I do feel happy and free.
Loving myself is still a learning process to me. I have to say that I do learn a lot from my husband and my boys. They let me know I need to love myself, then I can be happy to help people and share love with people. They do complete me.
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