Fall Madly In Love With YourselfDecember 12, 2018 [Sarina Jain]
“Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first.” - Carrie Bradshaw
So I was embarrassed to be Indian while growing up. This was short lived.
Growing up, I was questioned a lot, especially when going to school. My classmates would ask questions about my culture. They’d ask about the Indian red dot (bindi) and why we worshipped cows. I was happy to answer questions but always felt like I was being judged because I didn’t talk a certain way or because of my race. But my family taught me to never be ashamed to be an Indian American woman.
I was born and raised in the US to two Indian parents that migrated to the States in the 70s. My parents wanted to make sure that my sister and I would grow up with the best of what the west has to offer without forgetting the east. My dad sent us to India every summer to spend time with our families and learn to appreciate what the Indian culture is all about.
It was through these experiences and going to India in the summers that helped me put things in perspective. Everyone goes through their own personal journey when it comes to self-love and self-discovery. For some, it takes years to actually look in the mirror and love exactly who they are and for others, it's a lot easier to love themselves and accept themselves regardless of size, marital status, or career status.
For me, being surrounded by my culture was what helped me discover my truth. It was because I spent summers in India and I had a loving family around me in the states that helped me fall madly in love with myself. I was never ashamed by culture or my skin color. I embraced being an Indian woman wholeheartedly.
It’s no secret that my business is influenced by my culture. My father was my inspiration for creating Masala Bhangra. He always taught me to be proud of my Indian culture. When he passed away from a massive cardiac arrest at the age of 47, I created my business to honor him and to show the world aspects of our culture through fitness.
While it might sound cliche to fall in love with yourself, it’s the most important thing you can do for yourself. When you know who you are and accept yourself regardless of outside opinions, marital status or where you are in your career, I promise you, you’ll also fall in love with yourself.
Indian culture is a big reason for my self-love. Here are some other reasons. I hope they inspire you.