Fall in love gently.
Remind yourself that you are the longest relationship of your life. Remind yourself that you are a child of this universe and that you are worthy of happiness.
Fall in love with the way you feel things deeply.
The color of someone’s laughter. The texture of someone’s kindness. The shape of someone’s heartbreak. The nostalgia of going back to places that caused you so much pleasure and pain. You are an old soul trapped in a body that’s slowly, slowly decaying. You are a traveler of both the outer world and the inner world.
Fall in love with your failures.
The events that shaped you into becoming who you are today. Embrace your shortcomings for they serve as a lesson in your formless memory. Forgive yourself for everything that is causing you so much pain. It is a brutal process, and you must get through it. Self-hate can only generate more worry in your life. Let it go. You don’t have to carry it forever.
Fall in love with your body.
Romanticize it. The freckles on your face are constellations. The heart-shaped birthmark right behind your hips. The dark circles under your eyes are like tree rings that signify growth. The positive aura of your gummy smile. The way that your body is working hard to keep you alive like electricity lighting up a whole city on a cloudless night.
Fall in love with your existence.
The little things that make you who you are. The poetry that you write. The paintings that you create during a peaceful night. The instrument that you play. The way you put your makeup on as you face another challenging day. These little things that make you who you are come from the way you express your being.
Fall in love with yourself until you finally feel like home.