(originally posted on 24 Dec 2017)
Loving who you are.
A few months back I saw this photo online somewhere, I can’t remember where, and immediately knew I wanted to write about it.
Over the course of the last few months I have written three other parts to this self-confidence series. Today is the fourth and final one for this year.
They say a picture is worth a thousands words, and I think the picture above really doesn’t need much explanation. But this is a blog and I love to write. So, here we go… but don’t worry, this will be a short one.
I think this picture speaks to me so clearly because I feel the message portrayed on such a personal level. Like, I just GET IT. When I first saw the picture I was like “damn this is so true” and then I was kind of embarrassed at the fact that it is so true to me.
Whenever I’m feeling self-conscious about whatever it may be, I feel like every eye from every person is staring at me and judging me. When in realty, probably not a single one of them is looking my way. It’s crazy how we can get so caught up in the opinions of others, because 99% of the time those opioions don’t matter. It’s crazy how we can get so caught up in the superficial things of life, like how we look or what we’re wearing. And this is something I’ve struggled with for a very long time.
This year has opened my eyes to what is truly important to me and I’m so proud to be at a place in my life where I am concerned with the content of my character and the quality of my soul so much more than whether or not someone else thinks I look pretty.
And for such a long time, when I thought of “self-confidence” I solely thought of looks and the outside shell. And now, when I’m thinking of ‘self-confidence” my immedite thought is whether I am happy with who I am. If I like the traits I embody and for the first time in a long time, maybe even for the first time ever, the answer is hands down YES. I love who I am. And I’m so proud of the person I’ve become over the last 21 years because I’ve fought like hell to get here.
So when you’re feeling self-conscious or just bringing yourself down, ask yourself if you’re happy with who you are. If the answer is no, what can you do to change? Because while there may be some physical characters you can’t change about yourself, you have full control over the kind of person you are. And self- confidence (and happiness) starts from within. When you’re happy and in love with who you are then that light inside you will shine out through your actions, you words, your smile, your persona.
P.s. ONE MORE SLEEP TIL SANTA!!!! I hope you, whoever is reading this, has a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!