Lately I've been seeing so many things about loving yourself for who you are and just having the confidence to be yourself. Luckily, I was raised by parents who tell me all the time that I am smart and valuable and good enough to go after anything I want, and get it, because I deserve it. However, I understand that not all people were raised that way or have had certain circumstances in life that don't affirm those messages, and seeing all sorts of things that relate to that lately, I thought it was important to share a few! Everyone can use a little positive reinforcement every now and then, am I right? So say it with me...
This next video is a recent find. I was on facebook yesterday and this video popped up and I just love it. It seriously gave me goosebumps.
I think so often we get caught up in unimportant things like our clothes and makeup and twitter followers and exam grades but none of these things are important in the grand scheme of things. When you die, no one looks at your ACT scores or your facebook friends to determine your worth. Yeah it feels nice to have a ton of people "follow" you and "like" what you say, but in the end, if you're a rotten person, how many of those people really like you? Somedays it may feel like things are falling apart and everything is going terribly, but I am still me, and (most days, it's a work in progress) I still love who I am and know how valuable and capable I am.
This Dove commercial is amazing to me. I never think about how often I turn away from a camera or delete pictures, and essentially memories, because I don't like a picture or am worried how a picture might come out. It's ridiculous really. When you are little you are so carefree and LOVE (or at least I did) being in front of a camera and seeing pictures of yourself. And really we are the same as we were when we were little, the only thing that's changed is the way we see ourselves.
Louise over at Sprinkle of Glitter is one of my favorite YouTubers. I just love her sense of humor and this is one of my favorite videos that she has. If you have time to watch it now, do. It may just be my favorite of the group. It's important to realize that a body is simply a frame for a personality, and yes a picture can be enhanced with a pretty frame, but no one hangs just a frame (unless they're weirdos), and you can't get by with just having a pretty outside, even though it may seem that way sometimes.
SO if you're still reading through all that, phew! The main thing that got me on this topic relates back to Harry Styles actually, quelle surprise! I saw on twitter that a girl asked her parents for blue contacts for her birthday because she heard him say in an interview that he liked girls with blue eyes. The thought of that made me so sad. I thought, no boy, Harry Styles or not, would like a girl willing to change herself for anyone. People always say that confidence is the most attractive quality, I know that I do, and what that girls parents should have done is told her to embrace her eyes and that would be lots more attractive than fake blue contacts.
I am who I am. I am 19 and an obsessive One Direction fan. I am quirky and funny and unique. Never in a million years would I want to change myself, and I really hope that you, reading this, can say the same! Because you're all wonderful and sparkly and lovely, I just know it!
All my love,
P.S. - I really hope that this was helpful, or in the least a little confidence boost to make you feel more confident. I feel like I sometimes come off sort of self-righteous, and I don't mean to be that way at all, I just feel like I've been working on being more confident in myself for a while now and these things have helped. I am in no way perfect, nor do I have all the answers. But I don't hate myself, so I can't lie and say I do.