The converse of slavery is freedom. Free individuals cannot be bought or sold, inherited or mistreated by another person; they can choose their occupation, own and dispose of property at will, marry whomsoever they wish, and raise children as they see fit. Freedom means autonomy. But where is the totally autonomous individual in any society?
Develop a healthy relationship with food. If you’re hungry, eat. If you’re full, don’t eat. Eat vegetables to be good to your body, but eat ice cream to be good to your soul.
Take pictures of yourself frequently. Chronicle your life. Selfies are completely underrated. Even if the pictures are unflattering, keep them anyway. There will always be mountains and cities and buildings, but you will never look the same way as you did in that one moment in time.
Your worth does not depend on how desirable someone finds you. Spend less time in front of the mirror and more time with people who make you feel beautiful.
Close doors. Don’t hold onto things that no longer brings you happiness and do not help you grow as a person. It is okay to walk away from toxic relationships. You are not weak for letting go.
Forgive yourself. We all have something in our pasts that we are ashamed of, but they only weigh us down if we allow them to. Make amends with the old you and work every day to become the person that you’ve always wanted to be.
The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.