Long lasting relationships don't happen overnight. If there's anything we've learned about it, it's that it takes time, effort and above all else, self-love. Easier said than done, we know, but isn't truth always like that? They say a person is only a hundred percent ready to commit when she finally finds it in her heart to love herself.
We're sure you have come across many romantic movies, which means you're aware that some of them don't end in happy ever after. Sometimes we see characters walking away to do some self-reflection and return to make the love work all over again. Case in point: KathNiel movies scream the need of a strong relationship with yourself before you strive to have it with others. How to? Here are self-loving movie lines from Kathryn Bernardo to get your started!
"Ang tunay na pag-ibig ay nanggagaling sa kung paano natin mahalin ang mga sarili natin. Dahil kung mahal mo ang sarili mo, mas makikita ka din ng taong mahal mo."
-Patchot, Must Be Love
Quit trying to please everyone and learn to accept what and who you really are. Never be hard on your own skin. Remember that it's better to be you now than hate what you will become later.
"Ayan ka na naman eh. Yung gusto mo ang laging nasusunod. Ayaw ko, hindi mo ba naiintindihan 'yun? Hindi ko na kaya."
-Athena, She's Dating The Gangster
You don't anyone own anything and you're most definitely not anyone's property even if they're your Significant Other. Yup, the boyfriend card doesn't work on Kath! Only you have the authority to control your life.
"Hindi pwedeng bigay lang nang bigay Kiko, mauubos ka niyan. Matuto ka ring tumanggap."
-Jackie, Crazy Beautiful You
The saying that you can't give what you don't have is true on so many levels. When it comes to relationships, you can't love someone if you don't have love within you to begin with.
"Huwag mo akong mahalin dahil mahal kita. Mahalin mo ako dahil mahal mo ako because that is what I deserve."
-Mia/Celine, Barcelona: A Love Untold
The best way to love yourself is to know your worth. Don't let other people base their affections on how much love you can give to them. They have to fully accept you and embrace you for everything you are that isn't connected to them.
"We can't stay in a relationship just because we are thankful."
-Gab, Can't Help Falling In Love
Locking up yourself in a relationship that isn't working just because you feel sorry, thankful, or scared isn't good at all. Be strong and respect yourself enough to let go of something that no longer contributes to your growth.
"Pagod na ako. Pagod na 'kong sabihin kay mama na okay lang ako. Pagod na 'kong umasa na paggising ko, bumalik na ang Primong minahal ko. Pagod na kong umasang tutuparin mo ang pangako mo sa 'kin. Pagod na kong ipagtanggol ka sa kanila."
- George, The Hows Of Us
Being in a relationship that exhausts you is a relationship that you should walk away from. You don't deserve a life of waiting and wishful thinkings. Your partner should be able to meet where you are. Listen to your guts, and let your self-love guide you through.
Nobody said the journey to loving oneself is easy but with great practice, it'll come out in time naturally. Thanks to Queen Kath, we now have a good headstart. Here's to loving ourselves first before anyone else!
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