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Learning to love yourself is something I struggle with constantly. We live in a world that dictates how you love and what you love. Loving yourself seems easy when there’s someone there to love you, but what happens when that person leaves? It’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to be loved; anyone else is an accessory. These are some things he told me, that felt good to hear at the moment, but months later, mean absolutely nothing unless I learn to believe them myself.

Why would a beautiful girl like yourself want to be with me?

Any guy that doesn’t want you is ridiculous.

I admire you.

You should always be happy.

You’re a fantastic person and a really great friend.

God, you’re so pretty.

I’m thankful for you.

I would be lying if I said you weren’t beautiful.

You mean so much to me, and I’m always gonna worry about you.

You’re worth it.

He cared, and I’m sure he meant these things at the moment, but none of it matters unless I learn to love and accept myself first. It’s a work in progress, but slowly I am learning how to love myself with or without a guy.