As I think back on the days of my life in high school, I can’t say if I really knew how to love myself or if I even knew what that meant. There were many distracting voices telling me, you can’t do that; you are funny looking with that sandy colored hair; your skin is too light; you think you are cute; you have knock knees; you are too skinny; you’re not smart enough to go to college – on and on it went. I was so preoccupied listening to what my everyone else said about me, that I began to believe that I had to change who I was to be what other people wanted me to be. I started dressing differently and wore pants to hide my knees. I changed my hair to look like my friends. I even started skipping class because my teacher didn’t believe in me.
One day I started questioning everything about myself and my uniqueness. I began to challenge the origin of these questions. I realized that I had been responding to these comments about me because I was looking to be affirmed by all of those people. I started to ask WHY? Why should I care what anyone thinks of me? I started to observe that the people who asked me why I looked a certain way and questioned me, weren’t happy with themselves or how they looked.
Professional models and movie stars are always being critiqued on what they wear and how they look. People will always try to find fault with others because it helps them feel better about themselves.
Remember these three reasons to love yourself:
1. You are unique! No one in this world is like you.
2. Always focus on your God given qualities and be proud of them. What is inside of you is good enough!
3.No one else’s opinion of you can determine your worth. Don’t let people devalue you because of their own insecurities