"We accept the love we think we deserve"—Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, pg. 24)
When I was reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I came across to this quote. Well, yes, everyone has different interpertations of what it means, just as every other thing in this world. Nobody is right or wrong, it can be whatever you want it to be. I'm pretty sure, when Stephen Chbosky wrote this book, he didn't look at every statement he wrote and thought "I want this sentence to mean to the reader exactly what it means to me!". Good authors and poets have to understanding that their works mean something different to eveyone.
Oh, speaking of which, I find this quote extremely deep and rich in meaning. Sometimes, us, as human being dont realize how truly incredible each and every one of us are, the people that love us (let it be your family, friends, or your significant other) know how absolutely incredible we are and they try to show us through their love but we talk ourselves down, we let ourselves think we are not good and we have no purpose and we wonder why anybody would ever love us. We have a hard time accepting the love they have for us when we dont think we deserve it. We are only capable of feeling the love that we think we deserve.
So many people settle for less than they're capable of because they truly believe that they dont deserve that recognition that love gives you. And when I say "settle for less than they're capable of" you may precieve it how you would like (I know you will anyway) but I dont JUST mean in relationships, I mean in your work or the way you carry yourself everyday.
Do you ever hold back from something that you could do? Or not accept a gift that someone has offered because you dont think you deserve for it? I think that's what this quote means. That we often hold ourselves back from things we desire because we believe we are not good enough for it. This.
You're good enough for anything. You can be whoever you want to be. You deserve the best. Dont worry about what you deserve, never hold back, take chances. Because someday, you wont be able to.