“The biggest struggle in life is the struggle to know, embrace, and accept ourselves, with all of our faults and imperfections.”
Not that this is news to anyone, including myself, but I’ve always had some issues with self reflection and acceptance. It stemmed from growing up with a lot of people who were so into their looks, and let’s face it, I’m just not that narcissistic lol. But as I got older I started to learn to appreciate more all that God gave me and took the personal task of fixing something about myself if I wasn’t happy about it.
That being said, I’ve become a lot more comfortable with myself over the years and my confidence level has increased a good amount. Though if you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you knew that already based on the number of #selfies I take…but at least I didn’t make a Selfie book (side-note: I like, really like the Kardashians, it’s embarrassing).
Anyways…my point is this: learn to love yourself and others will follow. My favorite quote that I made up in a poem some years ago is this, “How do you expect someone to love you for who you are, when you’re constantly pretending to be somebody else.” My point, once again, is that you (me included) have to take on the personal task of appreciating every part of you. Your mind, your spirit, your body, your face, your heart, your actions…everything about you makes you who you are. Out of all the people in the world, you know yourself the best, so if you can’t love who you are, only you have the power to change it. Don’t let other people try to do it for you, because then you might become someone other than what was planned for you.
Sprinkling this post with selfies, words of wisdom, and preaching to myself, I just want to share that I am happy with all that I am. I know that I still have some things I need to work on, like getting in better shape, clearing up my skin, and perfecting my smile (I’m currently a walking 25 year old brace-face), but I’m confident that I will get to where I want to be in no time. And there’s no time limit on self improvement. The more you work on yourself, the better you become. Through my eyes I have accomplished more than I thought at the age of 25, I’ve seen a lot of pain, happiness, and change, but every year something gets better than the one before.
I mean hey, I guess it’s true that some people only get better with age! 😉