Yesterday my daughter’s teacher asked them write down the names of 5 persons whom they loved. When the teacher asked who had written their names in that list, more than half of the class didn’t raise their hand.
This is not surprising as we are not taught to love ourselves. This holds even more true for women. Sacrificing is applauded while self-love or self-indulgence is being shamed. When one doesn’t love oneself, somewhere there is constant seeking of validation from others, the feeling of being guilty, the need to prioritize only others. People who are self-assured and love and prioritize themselves are confident people.
We are taught to love, respect and prioritize others; that “we” should include oneself too..