You cannot give what you don’t have.
We have used that famous quotation in more instances than one—when we talk about money, respect, and now, love. How can you really give something you don’t possess, right? But in a culture that gives high regard to selflessness and sacrifice and is quite critical when it comes to self-love, is it still important to practice loving yourself?
We asked keynote speakers from Plump Magazine’s Me, Myself, and Love, a gathering for women by women, why self-love is important and these two takeaways will assure you that it's totally okay to love yourself:
1. It's about knowing and accepting one’s self. “Loving yourself means realizing your own beauty,” says Rona Samson-Tai, fitness enthusiast and the woman behind Be Amaz1ng apparel. Once you know and accept yourself fully—how you look or act, who you really are—that’s when you can be “a vessel of love to others” notes Julianne Tarroja, singer-songwriter and recording artist.
2. To be whole and complete within. “Self-love is very important because you'll be spending the rest of your life with yourself,” says Stacy Gutierrez, one of Plump Magazine’s editors-in-chief. Which means you need to love yourself or else you'll suffer from self-hatred and emptiness in the long run which will transcend to your way of thinking, words, and actions. Danah Gutierrez, the other half of the power duo behind Plump Magazine, shares, “How you view yourself is going to affect how you live your life." Me, Myself, and I, organized by Plump Magazine, will happen at _GALLERY at A Space, Makati, on February 27 (Saturday), 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Registration fee is P1,450, inclusive of food, drinks, workbook, loot bag, and raffle stubs. For info and reservation, contact Danah and Stacy Gutierrez at mobile +63949-9918183 or +63925 6021391 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Illustration by Jana Jimenez