Digital art by Jeremy Lam
By Paulina Ramos
A bear and his wife lived inside a cavernous den deep in the woods.
One day, the wife told the bear, "Let us take a stroll in the woods," and the bear replied, "My stride is not majestic. I will appear weak and feeble to the other bears."
Then the wife suggested, "Let us go fishing by the river."
With the same monotonous tone as before, her husband replied, "My claws are not sharp, and I lack the dexterity the other bears possess. They will only snicker at me."
Finally, the wife suggested, "Let us climb to the top of the cliffs and sing," to which the bear replied, "My voice is not as melodic as yours. I will sound foolish."
Exasperated, the wife cried out, "I have had enough!" and she scooped up her three cubs before storming out of the den. When the bear discovered that his wife found a new husband, one brimming with self-confidence, the insecure bear fell into a heavy depression and loathed himself even more.
If you don't love yourself, neither will others.