I Love Me

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Ah, the name suggests it all 🙂  It’s all about loving yourself. Seems so obvious and easy, doesn’t it? But how many times have we actually put real food into this thought. “Do we really love ourselves?Do we really take good care of ourselves? “ Let’s not confine this ‘taking good care of me’ just to our physical selves i.e. just taking good care of our health. Of course, HEALTH COMES FIRST, but isn’t ‘loving me also about the way we take care of our overall being. Also, doesn’t our love for self depend on the way we look at our “inner-self”, our self-image?

If you think carefully, you’ll find how most of the time our self-image depends on how we have been described by the people around us. Our family, friends, colleagues and other peers, every body describes us in a particular way and with time, unconsciously, we develop our self-image at par with their description and expectations. This eventually leads us to become someone we might not actually be. Over due course of time, our life becomes the result of a handful of vague decisions that we make based on this self- image (which is not so self because we have been allowing someone else to create that in our heads). Henceforth, everything that continues in the name of LIFE sums up to create a self-image filled up with a lot of fear and self-doubt.

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ENOUGH! Let’s cut this all out. Let’s wipe out all fears and doubts and create a new self-image just like the one we have always wished to have. Imagination is the strongest weapon and the swiftest magic wand that we possess as humans. So let’s start imagining our self the way we have always wished it to be. Ok, so everyone calls you fat and somewhere in your head you have created this image of a bulky you who is totally incapable of being healthy and staying in the perfect shape? Throw it out; start imagining yourself as this super healthy person. If everyone thinks you are weak and meek, imagine yourself to be this person with a real strong persona. Whatever negative self-image you have in your head, wipe it out. Create this new image that is completely based on how u would like to see yourself. Once you do this, you will fall 100% sincerely in LOVE with yourself. This new image is going to make you take real-life actions that will ultimately carve out this image into reality. And hey, do not think this is too much of moral science that has nothing to do with real life. This is actually how the universe works. “First you need to imagine and believe that imagination sincerely. Real life actions to convert that imagination into a reality will continue immediately.” And if you feel, you already have the perfect self-image and the reality, well, that’s great, Cheers to you!

So let’s stop anticipating the future, craving for that perfect job or that perfect relationship, the perfect house or the dream car. Yes, I know all of that is important (and why not, it should be). But nothing is above you. YOU are the one who is the most precious and worthy of true unfaltering love, care and respect. Love yourself, love that self-image you have created all by yourself and show up for yourself. There is too much going on too fast all around your life, it’s not easy to handle, you have got too much to do in an unknown span of your life. So the first and the most important responsibility is to truly value your own existence.

Because just like the L’OREAL Ad says “You’re worth it” 🙂

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Let’s start with “WHY”! Why Exercise?

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It’s strange that the most precious gifts of life are the ones least valued. Just like we have converted our planet earth into a huge waste-dumping site of modern day civilisation, similarly, we have made the human body in which we function the collection of all possible ailments.

Look around yourself and you will find people harming their bodies in all sorts of ways possible. Whether it is unhealthy eating habits (binge eating, over eating or sick dieting), lack of sleep or oversleep, smoking, drinking, getting stressed (from something as silly as a bad hair cut to the loss of a lump sum business deal), we are simply harming ourselves. In our search for the perfect life, we are happily torturing our bodies everyday. That old saying “Health is Wealth”, how often do we understand its real life applicability (unless “GOD forbid” our life has been hit by a serious illness). All I am trying to say here is that, if we create a balance to measure the value of the assets we possess or dreams we aspire to fulfil in life, everything else comes on one side and our HEALTH comes on the other side. The world we live in today and the lifestyle choices we pursue are full of  destructive behaviours that deteriorate our health every moment. But there is one activity that if transformed into a habit can help us minimise or control these detrimental changes to a large extent. That activity is the regular habit of EXERCISE or working out (whichever word u think is more “COOL”).

So, what is EXERCISE and what does it do to our body? It is nothing but certain physical movements that help your body (your vitals, muscles, skeleton etc. that constitute your body) perform better and help you get rid of things harmful for your body. It’s just that simple, seriously. Just like your water filter purifies the water you drink, similarly exercise purifies your body, flushes toxins out of your system, help your body get rid of those unwanted fat deposits and restores good hormonal balance. If all this means crap to you and your only concern is to fit into that dream GUCCI dress of yours or make your ex jealous or get more likes on a “sexy” Facebook profile picture of yours (C’mon that’s a big deal to our “attention seeking” generation), even then working out is the only thing that will help you achieve all that. Also, the healthier you are in the inside, the better you are going to look on the outside.

So, let’s wake up those sleepy portions of our head and heart that has always been giving us one reason or another to avoid exercise. Imagine a day of your life when you have given yourself a reason not to brush your teeth. How gross would you feel about those dirty yellow teeth with a bad breath, YUCK! Have you ever done that or would you ever do that to yourself (unless you are stuck in your trekking trip to the Everest and you forgot to carry your toothbrush in your travelling kit)? If we are so regular in taking good care of those 32 pieces of bone in our jaw then why do we hardly bother in taking regular care of the rest of our body? Strange but true, isn’t it???

Phewww…I hope I have made my point clear here. So let’s start taking good care of our bodies just like we take good care of our i-phone or BMW. Unlike these objects, there’s no EMI or IT Return concerns attached to our body cells. It’s easy, in fact it helps us to de-stress and feel really awesome about ourselves. So, are you starting to exercise today? 🙂

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