Have you ever went to the store with the purpose to only purchase certain things but as you walk pass merchandise after merchandise you notice yourself drawn to items that were never in your intention to buy? As you go through the check out lane, you notice all the things in your basket were not the things you needed, but instead they are full of things you wanted. Sometimes that is our attitude in life. Sometimes we lose focus of what we truly need trying to chase what we want. Growing up in a broken family I have always craved the affection of others as an escape to my harsh reality. Going through relationships after relationships in hopes that maybe, just maybe..if someone can love me enough then maybe I can learn to love myself too. I was chasing this idea.. this comfort..this validation, but that wasn't what I needed. I wanted someone to love me so badly. I wanted someone to show me that as broken as I am, someone can still love me. Meaningless relationships that only left me feeling empty inside. That is when I realized how important self love is.. I needed to love myself before loving anyone else. I was searching for love, for someone to truly love me.. when she was standing right in front of me all along in the mirror.