Blackout poetry #31. (plus my two cents on loving yourself)

Blackout poetry, Hanna Streng

The wave of change told me to
stop worrying about if I’m loved
and start knowing I am.

It’s quite the game changer.

Some say you have to love yourself before anyone else can properly love you, and I’ve decided I don’t fully believe that. I think there are times when the love of another shows you the higher road, when it reveals how deeply worthy of love you really are, even before you are able to see it for yourself. We humans need each other that way. At least every once in a while.

But, there’s a catch. Somebody can offer you all the love in the world, but if you never decide that you at least want to believe it’s meant for you, you won’t be able to receive it. It’s kind of as if the biggest package turned up on your doorstep but you think it must have been delivered to the wrong adress, so you refuse to open it. Doesn’t mean you can flick a switch and go from self-loathing to self-loving in a single moment, but what it does mean is that we all start somewhere and that this learning to give and allow ourselves to receive love is a journey we can all go on, if only we’re willing.

There’s a very special kind of peace that comes with knowing, deep down, that you are loved just as you are- flaws and all. And I don’t mean loved by one specific person (that’s where the “worrying if” often comes in) but loved by yourself. That knowing that, whatever happens, whoever stays or leaves, whoever loves or needs you, you will be okay

because you are okay with yourself.

Because you simply ARE.

You are here, a breathing, feeling human being with a body that moves, a mind that thinks and a heart that every second of every day pumps, life, love and blood through your veins. That is incredible.

You don’t need to worry about whether or not you are worthy.

You are alive and that, my friend, is all the reason Love will ever need.

//Hanna

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