“Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” – Whitney Houston, “The Greatest Love of All” (1986)
Wow. It’s still shocking. Unreal. Saddening. But it has happened. Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48 in her hotel room in L.A., Saturday afternoon, and is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston and her mother Cissy Houston.
Soon after her death, I began reflecting on the ways Whitney’s music impacted me and my generation, and immediately thought about the song “Greatest Love of All.” Whitney re-made it in 1986 and popularized it so much that my peers and I were still singing it at award ceremonies and graduations all through the 90s in elementary school. I remember our voices scratching when we’d try to hit that big note towards the end. HA. But I believe even our young hearts felt the courageous lyrics of the song.
Now at the budding age of 22, I find the lyrics to be even more comforting and empowering. We’ve all faced moments in life when we didn’t feel good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, and thought we weren’t going to make it. And on a day like Valentine’s Day, people feel less of themselves because they don’t have a signifcant other to share it with. But in honesty, that is unacceptable reason to feel down.
This is why I wanted to re-iterate Whitney’s lyrics, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” Love yourself; your flaws and triumphs. There’s so much you can discover about yourself if you would only take the time. All that you are seeking, you have been given already, and by embracing it and empowering it further, everything else will follow.
Pick your head up and stop feeling sorry for yourself today. And for those who are already having a great day, let nothing stop you from ending is great too. If you’re here, there’s always a chance to see better, be better, and find better. Remember you’re always a positive thought and prayer away from finding the greatest love.
Valentine’s Heart’s Day!