After recently discovering an article addressing the topic of "Self-Esteem," I found myself identifying with the stories and personal lives of 5 very different women. The article's subtitle reads...
"Five women tell about the fresh, strange, liberating moment when they saw themselves in a new light."
After reading the article, it got me thinking about how I perceive myself and how that self-view, being a positive or negative one, can reflect how others may perceive me. I have struggled with my own self-esteem as a teenager, and admittedly, I still struggle with it now as an adult.
I was teased for the way I look and would constantly hear mean comments about how I look so young, or for being so short and little. I didn't pay too much attention to it growing up, especially since we all hate looking younger when we're young. I stand a little over 5 feet tall and my height and size were usually the punchline for constant jokes and teasing.
It has been a real journey for me to be on this authentic path of self-love. Instead of self-loathing and feeling depressed, I simply choose to be kind to myself. Think about the way we speak to small children. We speak to them with love and encouraging words. Why isn't our own self-talk filled with the same love and encouragement? I know I am my own worst critic. I find myself being so harsh on myself, and sometimes hating my own body.
I now embrace my stature and am certainly more comfortable and confident in my own skin! I am not "model" tall, with super long legs and a rail-thin figure. I don't have Pantene-perfect hair. I am short, and I am proud to say I have a shapely body. I do have wide hips, big legs, messy hair, and blemishes. Needless to say, I am a beautiful mess who is perfectly flawed.
Whenever I feel any feelings of self-doubt, I think of the following quote from Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer's Night Dream...
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