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Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Navigating a sea of emotions
I used to hate myself. But then I realized that a lot of what has happened in my life was beyond my control, and often due to ignorance and immaturity on my part. As they say "to err is human" - there's no way that you can be prepared for everything life throws at you -- especially given the nature of our condition, which makes us hypersensitive and messes with our perception of the world.
The first step on the path to liking... to loving yourself... is to forgive yourself for past mistakes. Acknowledge those mistakes, make amends with those you've hurt if need be, and, most importantly, learn from them. The past is unchangeable, the future isn't. Sure, you're bound to trip over the same mistakes and bloody your knees time and time again -- but one day you'll find your balance.