I was reminded tonight about the fragility of this life.
My husband and I attended a rosary for a wonderfully talented, beautiful young man who died at the age of 22.
“We need to take care of ourselves and love everything about ourselves, good and bad.”
These words came from a letter he wrote, straight into our hearts this evening.
None of us know how much time we have in this life. We make plans, we make promises, and sometimes we get off track.
I wasted so many years of my life in body hatred and self–condemnation because I couldn’t seem to get the body I thought would bring me peace and joy.
Tonight, I am reminded where peace and joy come from. These emotions come from the love we share with others. I am grateful for transcending those old body related concerns, and even more grateful for all of the love and blessings in my life.
I am heeding the words of this young man, so wise in his belief that we need to love all of ourselves, those parts we deem good and those parts we judge as bad.
Self–Love can’t wait; we never know how long we have.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!