I don’t know where to begin and this post has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time, but ladies (and if any boys are reading?), this one’s for you. When was the last time you looked in the mirror today? What’s the first criticism of yourself that comes to mind? “I’m too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too light, too dark, too curvy, too flat, etc.” Maybe you think more people would accept you another way, or that maybe even a boy would notice you another way. Can you leave the house without putting on makeup? Do you ever feel like you just don’t cut it? Like you don’t measure up?
I’m sure at one point or another in your life, one of these questions (or one similar) has haunted you. And I’m sorry if it did, I really am. They’re sad questions, but all questions to which I’ve sadly answered, yes. I have felt this pain before. However, lately I’ve been tired of thinking, “I’m too this and not enough that” to myself. It’s draining, and it’s a waste of time.
So if you haven’t heard it from anybody this week, please give me the utmost honor in letting you know that you are beautiful. You are valued. You are important. You are special. You are worth so much more than any insecure thought you may have had. Whether you’re an avid reader of my blog, or if you’ve randomly landed on this page from the interweb, it was no mistake. This was written for you.
And I’m not the only person who feels this way about you. Some quite influential artists are focusing on empowering our generation of kids and young adults, and embracing any and all types of people. They are spreading the message that you, indeed, are beautiful, exactly the way you are. Sure, the media feeds us what they consider to be “beautiful” from almost every avenue on social media platforms, but it is important to see through their words and images. Sure, I spend time on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc., drooling over fashion and beauty, but you can’t allow the media to define you or take over your life. It is important for you to see your worth without their “help.” If you struggle with this, I strongly recommend cutting back time you spend looking at images online or elsewhere that you make you feel like you aren’t good enough. Take control over what you see and read.
And if you have time, take a listen to these songs, they are all amazing (though I’m sure you have heard them). I’ll admit I teared up to a few when I first heard them. I know there are so many more songs that are slowly being released surrounding this topic, so please send any my way that you think I would like. And enjoy the amazing lyrical work and give yourself a hug today. Kisses, and see you in two days. And don’t forget that you are beautiful!