Recently I’ve been feeling a lot better about the way I look.
Have I been dieting? Nope. Lost weight? Not considerably. Finally sorted out my hair? Maybe one day…
Honestly, nothing about my appearance has really changed at all, and yet I’m able to look in the mirror and feel 10 times better about myself than I did this time last month (Or anytime in the last few years to be honest). I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about it, and it pretty much all stems down to acceptance.
Since my post about my insecurities, I’ve been trying a lot harder to feel more comfortable in the skin that I’m in. I know that I’m not the skinniest or the tallest, or have the best hair or cutest smile, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t still be attractive. I see people of all shapes and sizes who are all equally beautiful, and I’ve realised over time that a lot of that beauty stems from their confidence. I’m a strong believer of the phrase fake it til you make it, because I believe that it genuinely works… I started by pretending that I liked the way that I looked and eventually I actually started to. Don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I feel like a potato, everyone does… But those days are decreasing and that’s what matters.
It’s so easy to preach at people “embrace your flaws!” “Everything about you is beautiful!”, but the truth of the matter is none of that is going to mean anything if you don’t want to listen, and up until recently, I’ve never wanted to listen to it because I never thought I deserved to. However, we all deserve to feel good about ourselves, and you’re the only one that can get yourself to that point.
I have a history of issues with body-confidence and how I view myself, but this is the first time in a lot of years where I’ve felt like I’m steadily growing from them. The journey to accepting yourself can be long and difficult, but I guarantee that eventually you’ll start improving. Different things work for different people, and honestly there’s nothing wrong finding the method that works for you; for some it’s therapy, for others it’s (healthy!) weight loss, for me it was apparently gaining a little confidence and accepting who I am. Find what works for you!
Thanks for reading, and remember that you are all beautiful, whether you choose to listen or not!
Lots of love,