In Case You Need The Reminder: Love Your Past Self, Too

In this life, there will be countless versions of ourselves we’re going to meet.

Molly Burford

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Omar Luis

In this life, there will be countless versions of ourselves we’re going to meet. Sometimes, these phases will be fleeting and only exist within particular moments. Other times, these stages will be more stubborn. It is these persistent chapters that are typically the most fundamental.

More often than not, these times will feature the ugliest sides of us too. But you know what? They deserve just as much love as the people we find ourselves as on the other side.

There is so much discussion on the imperativeness of self-love, and yet the importance of loving our past selves doesn’t seem to receive any attention at all. Scroll through Instagram for like five seconds and you’re guaranteed to see various quotes that encourage us to “only compete with our former selves” and to “be better than we were yesterday.”

While these calls to self-improving action are meant to inspire, they can also induce shame and regret. The truth is that there are always going to be seasons in our lives when we’re impatient, judgmental, sad, and angry. This is an unavoidable reality of being human. And while we may have the urge to dissociate with our unhealed, messier…

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