Tuesday, February 23, 2016

To Be Worthy of Love

It's not every day that I come across a brand that radicalizes my world. Yes, even me who can fall in love with pretty much any brand that has an inspirational founding story. So Worth Loving is one of the few that has actually changed my day to day life because it reminded me of a very simple truth: life goes on. I actually found SWL on Instagram over a year ago and freaked out when they were featured in Disfunkshion magazine. But not until recently did I get it. Like really get it. These past few months have been a roller coaster for me and sometimes I just needed to step back and look at the bigger picture. I worry so much about the minute details -- this minor test, that simple writing assignment, blah blah blah -- that it ended up making my life miserable. I was so high strung and worried about what my next grade would be that I wouldn't allow myself to enjoy anything because in my mind if I wasn't doing well academically I didn't deserve to enjoy things. I felt guilty about having a good tasting meal or reading a really funny tweet. Those things were reserved for times of reward and unless I was doing well in all of my classes I shouldn't be having "rewards." That's what I was telling myself on a daily basis.

But then I gained a little bit of perspective. Amidst all of the overwhelming emotions and unnecessary anxiety, I found encouragement in the idea that I was worth loving regardless of how my life (socially, academically, or otherwise) was going. At first it seemed a little extreme to me because I never overtly thought of myself as unworthy of love... But then I realized that my issue with personal worth wasn't about how the world viewed me, it was how I viewed myself. I didn't think that I was worthy of my own love. But then perspectives shift. I had something short of an epiphany and realized that I am so worth loving. I am allowed to be proud of myself for my accomplishments; I am allowed to embrace my individuality; I am allowed to be happy about little achievements; I am allowed to love every part of me. Many other companies that I love and support focus on the deep, dark issues within us, but So Worth Loving takes a different approach. It's not about any specific disorder or disadvantage and it's really not about raising awareness for a certain issue. So Worth Loving is a company for the actual people who are struggling and need that little bit of support in order to keep going. It is the voice in the back of your head that keeps reminding you "life goes on; it will be okay."

Photos by So Worth Loving