Have you ever noticed that it’s really easy to name the things that we *don’t* like about ourselves – and a lot tougher to come up with a list of things that we *do*?
Many years ago in my bible study group, we were asked to list a few things we liked about ourselves, and I struggled to come up with even one! (It’s not so surprising in hindsight, because at the time I was in the grip of serious depression.)
For some reason this idea popped up on my radar again recently, and given my mental health is in a lot better shape these days, I thought it would be an easy task. I even envisioned writing a post of 100 things I like about myself … as per the name of this post … but it still proved to be a bit of a challenge (though I do like me a challenge!).
First I had to silence that inner voice that told me I’d seem very boastful and conceited if I shared this list here.
Then I had to stick to things I like about “myself”. Not the things I am grateful for in my life – and there are plenty of those – no, this required digging deep, to really think about me, myself and I and what sort of a person I am.
So here is the list I came up with. It’s not quite one hundred, but it’s a pretty solid effort, I hope you’ll agree!
Things I Like About Myself
- That I’m a good cook.
- That I give good hugs.
- My resilience.
- That I have good legs!
- That I’m caring.
- That I’m faithful.
- That I’m loyal.
- That I’m intelligent.
- That I’m friendly.
- My determination.
- That I have a flair for writing.
- That I’ve written and self-published two books.
- That if I see a need, I tend to do something about it.
- That I started and ran a magazine for 15 years.
- That I “seized the day” when I was made redundant;
- And built a successful business from nothing.
- That I’m patient.
- That I’m understanding.
- That I’m a good wife (just ask the husbear!);
- And a good mum, despite not having grown up with a positive role model.
- That I’m curious.
- My love of learning.
- That I’m conscientious;
- And have learned to be good at managing money.
- That I’m a good listener.
- That I’m a fast typist.
- That I’m good at spelling.
- That I give people the benefit of the doubt.
- That I didn’t let the challenges of my own youth force me off the rails.
- That I invest in myself (eg business coaching, working with a PT).
- That I’m learning to be more assertive.
- That I’m a woman.
- That I think deeply about things.
- That my years of blogging and taking selfies have given me confidence in front of a camera.
- That I smile a lot;
- And, I have a nice smile!
- That I have nice teeth.
- That I was brave enough to get my front teeth fixed (dental bonding) when they were getting me down a few years ago (especially as I have a dental phobia!).
- That I’m good at trivia.
- My sunny nature;
- And optimism.
- That I can drive (I needed so many lessons, it was quite an accomplishment when I finally got my licence!).
- My eyebrows.
- That I like things clean and tidy (a challenge sometimes when you live with a messie!).
- That I’m good at teaching others (especially when it comes to SEO).
- That I finished teacher’s college and graduated (because by the last semester I had a pretty good idea that primary teaching wasn’t for me).
- My perseverance!
- My handwriting.
- That I’m a fast and voracious reader.
- My height (my kidults might razz me on this one, they say I’m their “little mummy”, but I’m happy to be exactly the way I am!).
- My body.
- My courage (I’m actually publishing this post!).
- My hair.
- That I sing a lot;
- And my singing voice.
- I have lots of ideas.
- I’m emotionally intelligent.
- That I look younger than my actual age (though I didn’t love it so much when I was a teenager, LOL).
- That I help others.
- That I can be silly and not take myself too seriously.
- My ability to forgive.
- That I’m kind.
- That I’m a decent, law abiding citizen.
- That I have an excellent memory for faces.
- My strong work ethic.
- That I’m me!
It will be interesting to see if I am able to add to the list over the coming days and weeks …
69. My shoulders. I never realised I had nice shoulders til the time a friend told me I was lucky I could wear halternecks – they didn’t suit her rounded shoulders. I’d never noticed before, but she was right on both counts!
70. I’m proud that I’ve only received one ticket in over three decades of having my drivers’ licence – and that one was received for turning left and treating a Stop sign as a Give Way sign (ie I didn’t come to a full stop). That was when I was 20, so a very long time ago!
And in the meantime – I’d love it if you shared 3 things you really like about yourself, in the comments below!