Author and social activist bell hooks on how to love yourself:
“One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-forty body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am.
It is silly, isn’t it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself. This was a moment when the maxim “You can never love anybody if you are unable to love yourself” made clear sense. And I add, “Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give yourself.”
Source: All About Love: New Visions
I had to use this quote from one of my favorite people on this planet. She passed away last week and I seriously felt like I knew her personally. Her selfless acts to speak up and out will never be forgotten, by me as I’m sure for many others.
My way was paved by her and so many others, I am forever grateful.
Rest easy bell hooks💜
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