If you know me at all, you know that I'm a huge Christina Perri fan. I have a wristband with the title of her debut album on it, and I wear it (almost) every single day.
It says "lovestrong."
The other day I was getting hopelessly distracted and letting my mind wander to what that word personally means to me. I think it can have different meanings for different people. And once I started thinking about what lovestrong means to ME, I thought it was really profound, so I decided to share it on here.
I like to wear the wristband every day for three reasons.
1. It reminds me to love and be nice to myself.
The whole concept of self-love and self-respect is something I didn't fully grasp until I was about 19. Before then, I had never truly loved or respected myself. I was different. I was strange. I didn't have many friends. I got rejected left and right. For as long as I can remember, I carried around a belief that I was unlovable and unworthy because nobody seemed to like me. And I sure as hell didn't like myself.
It took me a really long time to get out of that mindset, and it's still something I struggle with to this day. I'm trying to not be so hard on myself anymore. Being lovestrong means having the strength and ability to love and respect myself even when it's hard.
2. It reminds me to openly give and receive love despite the vulnerability or fear that comes with that.
As a result of not liking myself very much and believing that nobody else did either, I became very emotionally closed off. As far as I was concerned, everyone wanted to hurt me. I was better off being completely on my own and never needing another human to love or support me.
I built walls around my heart, and it was hard to let people love me. But I feel like I'm finally starting to chip away at those walls now. I'm trying to love and let myself be loved. It's scary and vulnerable, but it's worth it. There's nothing quite like loving openly and without fear. My best moments in life have come from letting go and letting love. The best feeling in the world is knowing and trusting that you're loved by others. Being lovestrong means having the strength and courage to let my walls down.
3. I wear it to show my support for Christina Perri.
And of course, I wear it simply because I love CP. :-)
What does being lovestrong mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts if you have any to share. xo