Sometimes when I think about how I used to be. The old me, I cringe. I hated my self so much yet I could right poems like this one. I wrote this when I was 15 and at the height of my self-hate:
Like You, You'll Love You
You never want to be who you are.
You look at others and admire then from afar.
You never look at yourself and say,
"I'm the best I can be."
You always look and say,
"I don't like me."
If you don't like yourself, life will always be hard to live.
Just remember you have all God had to give.
Make the best of you,
You are all you've got.
Forget about others and what you're not.
Be yourself and you'll soon see;
that who you are is who you would rather be.
Now that I have really learned to love myself, when I read this poem I am proud of how hopeful and insightful I was at an early age. It is this hope that comes through in this poem that truly kept me alive and wanting to learn how to love myself completely.
I have come to that place and it is heaven on earth.