Someone wise once told me that in life, we are the cake and other people are our icing. We all have our own way of articulating that the most important person to love in our lives should always, first and foremost, be ourselves.
One of my all-time favorite moments in American fiction comes at the end of the masterpiece that is Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Mourning the ghost of her daughter, Beloved, Sethe says, “She was my best thing.” Her good friend Paul D takes her hand and tells her, “You your best thing, Sethe. You are,” to which she replies, “Me? Me?”
This moment is poignant because it touches upon the human struggle for individuality and self-acceptance. When Sethe repeats the word “Me?” as a question, she echoes the self-doubt we can experience while on the quest to, as Morrison so beautifully puts it, be our own best thing.
For today’s prompt, be your own best thing. Fall madly in love with yourself for the first time, all over again, or in some unprecedented way. See yourself as you haven’t before, and enjoy what you see.
Write a Valentine to yourself — a letter, poem, or any other form of writing that comes to you. Lap it up. Go on, be your own icing.