My aunt shared this on Facebook the other day, and I felt the message was too important not to share.
I believe even the most confident person you’ve ever met has, at some point in his or her life, had to learn how to accept him/herself. It’s part of the journey.
Some of us take a lot longer to learn how to be comfortable in our own skin. I’m in my early 40’s and still learning how to be myself. Too many years of listening to other people’s thoughts and opinions made it difficult to love myself just the way I am.
Raising three girls has been a tremendous part of learning to love myself. I never want my girls to feel they are in anyway “less” than others. I want them to love themselves and accept themselves the exact way they were created to be. In order to teach them, however, I had to learn to love and accept myself as well so that I might be an example for them to follow.
Changing the way we see and think about ourselves is not an easy process, but it is possible. Taking baby steps helps. Something as small as changing the way you talk about yourself can be a good first step. I weigh a bit more than I should, but I never call myself “fat”, especially in front of my girls. When I exercise, I let the girls know I am doing so in order to help my body be healthy, not because I want to look skinny. This one little thing has made a big difference in how I feel toward myself.
I also had to come to accept the fact that mentally and emotionally I am different than others. I have different opinions which make me stand out from others. I am also very sensitive and emotional, which offends some people. But it’s part of who I am. I am learning to be proud of those things which make me the person I am today. And by accepting myself, I am able to help my girls accept themselves as well.
Learning to love and accept yourself is an important part of your journey. Even if you don’t have children to teach, as I do, someone in your life is watching you. You have the opportunity to not only help yourself by accepting who you are, but you very well may influence the lives of those around you.