when i was in the hospital
it was asked for us to go around
and share what we loved about ourselves.
a girl started crying and said
"but i don't love myself, that's why i tried to kill myself-"
it was then asked-
"how do we learn to love ourselves?"
i replied with
"i at least notice that whenever i go through something, and get through it, it is easier to love myself when i see what i am truly capable of."
i had struggled to explain
fluently at the time,
but it sparked something in the room.
this too shall pass.
in the meantime,
fake it 'til you make it
start with a smile