Putting yourself first is neither pompous nor egotistical, but an act of self-preservation and gratitude that allows you to be a better person. However, there is a fine line between appreciating who you are as an individual and acting like a narcissist who owns the place. But even with that said, I think everyone should adore who they are and do whatever they need in order to be comfortable in their own skin. So please go ahead, love yourself and enhance your inner Kanye West.
Last month, I became acquainted with “Love Yourself Week.” At first, I was pleased that our school was publicizing such a powerful message of appreciation. But I was perplexed as to why the GSA designated one random week in the school year for such an influential event. Also, why limit appreciating yourself to one week; why not promote the message of loving yourself 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?
I liked the overall idea of“Love Yourself Week” but I believe it should have been broadcast last August, to set the tone for the school year. I mean, a new school year calls for a clean slate, a tabula rasa, so why not start the year with a message about feeling comfortable in your own body? And why can’t it be “Love Yourself Year;” or heck, why can’t we just tell our students the campus is a safe environment where they can express who they are all the time and not feel judged?
Needless to say, I was quite confused at the publicity for “Love Yourself Week.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to shed negative light on the facilitators, or even the general idea of the event. I was just not content with the wording associated with the event. There’s no reason why would you start an empowering event and publicize it for only one week.
But I gave “Love Yourself Week” the benefit of the doubt. I waited for the bulletin to explain the overall concept. But to my dismay, the bulletin enlisted specific key points of “how to love yourself.” It stated things like “wear casual clothes, like sweats and a sweatshirt.” But for me, loving myself is dressing up for school; I feel elated wearing a good outfit.
Another point espoused in the bulletin was that to “love yourself” was to not wear makeup and to instead go all-natural. Of course I think it’s necessary for you to feel comfortable in your own skin, but if wearing makeup makes you love yourself, go for it. Wear all the makeup you need to feel confident and appreciate who you are. In my opinion, wearing makeup is just a way to enhance facial features. It elicits confidence in so many individuals, therefore allowing them to “love themselves” even more.
The bulletin announcement for “Love Yourself Week” essentially proclaimed that going natural and not wearing makeup is a fundamental of loving yourself. Of course I agree that every individual should be satisfied with themselves, but if makeup increases their satisfaction than so be it. So why hinder students from an activity that allows them to be content with their appearance? The bulletin message shouldn’t put a restriction on how students should showcase love for themselves.
Every individual is different; everyone finds ways to love and appreciate who they are differently. So in the future, I hope the “Love Yourself” event is still present in school years to come – but I hope the GSA reiterates it as “Love Yourself Year.” And I hope the event is ingrained into students’ minds at the beginning of the year, so they’ll be encouraged to be themselves without the thought of being judged.