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LIVING MY GAP YEAR

Sunday Styles 10/23

Zuzu Tadeushuk

This Sunday I'm thinking of affection. I'm thinking that no matter who you are, what you do, or what spiritual system you prescribe to, one universal factor of worldly success and/or happiness is love for yourself. We all possess some permutation of this virtue in the form of a biological tendency (our species wouldn't still be around if it weren't for a small pre-programmed evolutionary feature known as self-interest!), but indeed self-interest is a very different story from self-love and self-appreciation. The latter qualities are more nuanced, less definable, and, in my experience, harder to practice in life. But they are abilities that I think are vital to good relationships with others, to self-confidence, productivity, and general contentment. So even if you don't feel like you deserve it-- you procrastinated your to-do list today, feel frustrated over something you said earlier, or just find yourself utterly contemptible at present (as is often the case with our ambitious and fragile consciences); go give yourself a hug. A big hug, now.

Watercolor. Quote via Shakespeare.