Hey, you. Yes, you. Go look in the mirror.
Look hard, and love what you see. Love the now you.
The you that found that first gray hair last week and laughed. Then, cried. Wipe away those tears and love the now you.
The you that only sees the wrinkles. You earned those beauty lines.
Slowly, through days with encouraging smiles to others. Days with big belly laughs and joy. Days with obstacles only overcome with tears and prayer. Through these days lines of elegant wisdom formed. Love them. Love the now you.
The you that stays covered. Covered from yourself. Covered from others.
Trying to hide the stretched skin, the scars. See the miracle your body endured. See the sacrifice. See the love. See you. Love the now you.
The you that is finding it harder to move. Each move, each step taken to help, to work, to witness, to live. Each step brought you to the now you.
Be proud. Be thankful. Love the now you.
The you that is seeking more. Seeking a better job, a bigger house, a nicer car, a thinner body. You are enough now. You have enough now. Love the now you.
The you that is struggling. Struggling to balance, to keep going, to survive. You are loved, you are worthy and you are doing good things. Love the now you!
It’s easy to love the past you, looking back at the good times with a few less worries. It’s easy to love the future you, the one who will just be better when ____ happens.
It’s great to have memories and goals, but what about the you right now. Right this second. She deserves love too. She’s amazing and worthy of recognition just as she is.