Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It: A Call to Radical Self-Love
Lucky Girl Syndrome can only take us so far; it’s time to build long-lasting self-love habits
Radical self-love is so important, and Lucky Girl Syndrome can only take us so far. It’s time to lean into our worth and power and speak to ourselves with the same love and kindness that we would show our best friend.
Have you been hearing about Lucky Girl Syndrome? I have kids at home who use Tik Tok, and I am an elder millennial who is on Instagram, so I definitely have been exposed to this idea lately. In case this has missed you, Lucky Girl Syndrome is a new name for an old concept that suggests having a positive attitude and believing in one’s luck or good fortune can lead to positive outcomes in life. This idea is often paired with a call to incorporate positive affirmations and manifestation practices into our lives, encouraging individuals to focus on positive thoughts and beliefs to attract positive outcomes and experiences.
While I believe there is merit to the idea of having a positive attitude and mindset, it’s important to recognize that luck alone is not enough to bring about significant change in one’s life. Positive thinking can be helpful in boosting one’s mood and outlook, but it is not a substitute for action and hard work.
Additionally, it’s important to acknowledge that not everyone has the same opportunities or privileges in life, and that factors such as systemic inequality and discrimination can play a significant role in determining one’s outcomes and experiences, and overcoming these challenges requires significant changes to our workplaces, cities, and societies — we cannot manifest our way out of oppression and inequity.
Overall, while cultivating a positive attitude and belief in one’s luck can be helpful, it’s also important to take action toward one’s goals and address any external barriers or challenges hindering progress. One of the ways we can take action is to build a real practice of self-love into our days.