It took me a long time to love myself this much. Too long! Sometimes as adults we lose sight of the fact that we are still the same fragile souls as when we were children. The things we need now aren’t very different from the the things we needed then, and I truly believe that we can only realize our truest purpose if we are nurturing ourselves at the most basic of levels. This almost universally means feeding our souls with good food and good books, plenty of rest, time spent in nature and with loved ones, and speaking kindly and compassionately to ourselves. You don’t need permission from anyone to do these things for yourself — ever. Start today!