You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection. ~Buddha
The pressure of opening up to someone else is like none other, and it’s entirely too easy to shut off because it is scary.
But that’s not why we are here.
Experiencing love is a journey of self-exploration and acceptance. In every case it is about allowing self-love where fear and doubt have existed for too long.
That saying about love finding you once you learn to love yourself? Yeah. The appreciation and confidence you hold inside shines through. It brings others closer so that they can show their own self-love and feel their own self-confidence. Together that energy glows and reflects and intertwines and strengthens.
What a beautiful, divine gift we have been given, this ability to connect and love.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh