Loving the life we live
"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back."
- Arthur Rubenstein
Let's be real. We can all come up with reasons to not love life. We get fed up with people and situations beyond our control. Sometimes life just doesn't go our way. That does not mean we should have some sort of vendetta or grudge against life. Life happens. It's not always picture perfect. We can accept that fact or take issue with it. For those of us who choose to love life, regardless, we can accept that life won't always go our way. We understand that life is going to disappoint us at times, but we choose to love life anyway. From my perspective, it's the only way to live.
I used to not love life. I used to not love myself and others. It was a dark place to live in, mainly because I kept it to myself. I would put on a smile for others. At times, I loathed life so much I did not want to be living any longer. It took me until my late 20's to admit I was the reason for my life circumstances. I had to take ownership of my problems and make necessary changes if I wanted to improve my quality of life. The biggest change I made was an attitude adjustment. I was able to change my outlook and perspective on life by connecting with my heart. I became more grateful toward life rather than resentful.
I started treating myself and others with more respect. I started coming from a place of love instead of a place of anger or fear. I started expecting the best instead of expecting the worst. I started accepting how my life unfolded instead of blaming and complaining when things do not go as expected. I started loving myself and others more. It required me to become more vulnerable and more forgiving toward myself and others. It made me start enjoying life more. Once I started creating more joy in my life, I started loving the life I live.
It was a long journey. And there are still bad days mixed in with all the good ones. It just doesn't bother me so much or linger around anymore. I discovered that loving life, for me, means loving it all. The ups and downs. The smiles and frowns. It's all part of the experience and it's a package deal. I found the more I embrace all of life with love, the more I love the life I live. It's quite the contrast from how I use to perceive life. I have been living on the bright side of life for quite a while now. It's helped me learn how to love life.
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