You’ve probably come across encouragement to love yourself before – but how can you show yourself love if you’ve done “bad” things?
After making mistakes, hurting people, or even engaging in abusive behavior, it can feel like you just don’t deserve self-love.
But guess what. It’s possible to acknowledge your mistakes and be accountable for causing harm – and still show yourself love.
Take it from this artist, Justin Hubbell. They’ve struggled with self-love after realizing their past mistakes include oppressive behavior – like perpetuating racist stereotypes as a child, and using “neckbeard” as an insult until just recently.
If you’ve been beating yourself up for the things you’ve done, Justin’s got a great analogy that can help you nurture your growth instead.
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- What We’re Missing When We Don’t Prioritize Self-Love
- Violence Through Words Is Still Violence – And This Stirring Response to Emotional Abuse Will Show You Why
Justin Hubbell is a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism. A trans genderqueer “comictivist” from upstate New York, they create comics that unpack social justice issues through personal reflection and sharing. Their work can be seen at justinhubbell.com. Please consider supporting them on Patreon! Check out their comics here.
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