Your life’s work is to find yourself.
It’s funny, then, that as we grow up, we learn so little about just how to go about this.
At school we are taught algebra and biology, but never self-love and self-care. There was never a class on how to let go of the obnoxious gremlins that talk smack in our minds, how to rebuff those cruel inner critics that discourage us from chasing our most precious desires and dreams.
So we have to take this education into our own hands. It’s time we start caring for ourselves.
We may think self-care is only about indulgences like manicures and margaritas, and maybe you’ve done all these things, accomplished these goals. On the outside, by society’s standards, it looks that way.
But the self-care process is actually much more multifaceted than that. It’s about soul-care and spiritual, nurturing, creative adventures.
Now it’s time to beautify the inside. Replenish your creative reservoirs, learn to listen to that small voice, discover how you can trust your intution, be wildly committed to your own well-being.
Now is the time to learn to love yourself in profound ways, by means that will help you to cultivate your soul. This is the moment where we declare ourselves worthy of good nutrition, joyful play times, and deliciously deep rest. Keep caring for yourself in this way and you’ll find that nobody will love you more than you love yourself. Make that a truth to live by.
Your outsides are ever-changing. Your muscles will one day shrink and your skin be re-arranged, but you are always you. The “you” on the inside is your true self, not you on the outside–not your stuff, not your money, not your house or degrees.
As the days blur to months, years and decades, rolling by in the blink of an eye, these are the things that will remain unchanged: your kindness and compassion; your tender memories and lifelong friendships; the spark in you that finds gratitude and wondrous beauty in the smallest, everyday, “ordinary” things.
We all have a story, and the world deserves to hear your story. You are brilliant and funny and artistic and clever and the universe gifted you with these talents to make the world more beautiful. Don’t waste these gifts and talents by spending your life merely beautifying yourself on the outside. Use the time you have to grow your soul beautiful.