Growing up, I am one of those people that struggled with the way they looked. I am not sure what age it started, but I spent so much time worrying about what people thought about my looks. I never felt like I was “pretty” enough to be part of the cool kids and I hid in the shadows. The one thing I was confident about were my brains, I felt that was the one thing I could compensate the looks with.
Smiling was something I thought made me look goofy, so straight face it would be. I laugh now at the thought that I stayed away from photos because of that. Lately, I have been looking back and realizing that I have grown to love myself. It’s so amazing, the way I have become comfortable with my looks and the essence of who I am and what makes me happy.
In a conversation with a peer of mine, she disclosed how she suffered from low self-esteem. I think a lot of people my age struggle with that, in that conversation I felt like I was looking at the old me in the mirror and it was heartbreaking. I know this might sound like the gospel, but society has really put a benchmark on beauty. Only now have we dared to go against it and love natural hair, our different looking bodies and attributes.
Truth is we can try and tell people that they are beautiful and perfect, but until they tell themselves that won’t yield much.
So if you are reading this and you feel like you are not beautiful or perfect, I’m not going to tell you that you are. All I can say is that you need to get to know yourself and love that person. Once you do that you will be able to shut out all the other voices and only listen to that one voice in your mind telling yourself you are worthy of all things amazing.
Be yourself and love yourself, the energy we put out in the universe is the same energy we get back.
If you are feeling down and reading this post I hope it had challenged you and put you in a better state.
So Much Love…