‘And you will be loved’ Advise on practicing self-love

By: Abrena Rowe ~Copy Editor~

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me, “What do you love?” For me that’s an easy question to answer. There is so much in this world I love, am passionate about and enjoy sharing with others. I’m sure I’m not alone.

Abrena Rowe is a copy editor at the Newswire. She is a sophomore athletic training major from Cincinnati.

We all have those things we light up about when someone asks us to share our interests with others. I blab on and on talking about my favorite bands, tattoos, friends, family, Xavier, plans for the future and various things. I could go on for a while about the people in my life who I love, the ideas and morals I cherish, etc. I could talk someone’s ear off and not once could I mention myself or anything about me. Not because I’m trying to be humble, but the thought literally never crosses my mind.

It’s not something we’re completely conscious about. Does it mean we don’t love ourselves? I’m not sure.

I just know, at least for me, it’s not on the forefront of my mind. In this day and age, especially from the conversations I have with my peers, I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt for us to have a little more self-love.

Try and think about the things you love most about yourself. Or the last time you thought about self-love.

I bet you find it easier to list things you dislike about yourself than things you love about yourself. We are our own worst critics. It’s just in our nature.

Now I ask you, what do you love? Think of all the things you love and enjoy and see what comes to mind. Write them out and share the ideas with the next person you see. How many things did you list before you said ‘I love me?’