I was single for four years before I met Sheldon and it was the longest, most trying four years of my life. It was also the best four years of my life. I came out of an unhealthy relationship where I found out that I was being cheated on for most of the relationship. So I walked away. It was hard and I knew it was going to be hard getting over it but I did. The first three years were difficult-I did not want to hear about love, didn’t want to be around people who were in love, didn’t want to show love. Love was a dark emotion for me.
I had to learn how to love love again. That started first with learning how to love myself (oh, what a beautiful twisted journey that was!), then how to love the people in my life again. Once all that happened, I attracted the right kind of love in the form of a healthy intimate relationship.
Now I see love in such a different light. I see me in a different light. I don’t judge myself as hard as I used to. I am more aware of how I treat myself and others. I take control of my inner voice that sometimes wants to tell me negative things about myself and I quickly change my way of thinking. I embrace me and focus on everything I love about myself! Don’t get me wrong, loving yourself is not alway the easiest thing to do especially in this world of social media, but I love how the self-love movement is taking over Instagram and companies like @peacecollective are boasting the message on their clothing! It’s truly a beautiful thing to see️ Jackie DeShannon said it best in 1965 with her song, “What the World Needs Now is Love” and it still rings true to this very day. Once you discover self-love, love-whatever that means to you-is the best thing you could ever gift someone. Show it, spread it, and embrace it. I love you all. ~Personally, Nicole🖤 - 2 hours ago