Dear Beloved Soul,

Oh beautiful soul, do you know of the epidemic that is breaking so many hearts . . . the epidemic that has taken over so many good days?

All of us have felt unwanted from time to time, but we are living within a culture that creates entire ways of living around the feeling that we are unwanted until we have the right car, or the right body, or the right job, or the right hair, or the right shoes.

We live in a culture that is always trying to make us feel like we don’t belong unless we have the things that are pasted across the magazine pages, the billboards, the movie screens, and the computer screens.

All to make us feel wanted. But let’s ask ourselves, dear friends . . . wanted for what?

What if, instead of waiting to be chosen, instead of waiting to be wanted, instead of working to have and be all of the things that would make us desirable, wanted, and chosen . . . what if we just choose ourselves?

What are we waiting for? Who are we waiting for to choose us? What will it even mean to us if it happens—if we can not first choose ourselves, if we do not first want ourselves as a friend, a companion, and a fellow soul?

Today, wonderful soul . . . you could choose yourself. You could choose yourself every day without having to fall for all of those tricks. You could choose yourself right now, just as you are . . . and then walk away from the game that says you have to be something more before you are wanted or chosen.

Choose yourself . . . because, really . . . you are the only one who can do it. You are so worth choosing.

This is important . . . please choose yourself. It doesn’t matter who does or does not choose you after you’ve chosen yourself, because you are not waiting around anymore. Live now . . . choose now . . . no more waiting.

And while we are at it . . . let’s encourage each other to do the same.

You are so very, very, very loved.