I care too much. I care too much about how I look, about what other people think of me, about my hair, my make up, and my clothes. I focus solely on my outer appearance. But who am I trying to impress? My social media followers, whom at least half of which I don't even know? Strangers passing me by on campus that I'm never going to talk to in my life? Old acquaintances from high school who seem to have their life completely together and always look like perfection, so I'm trying to compete? None of these matter.
This post isn't for you, it's for me.
I am LOVED by a Man who asked me to be his wife. A Man who has seen me at my worst, my best, my most productive and my most failing moments. I am loved by family and friends who have stuck by side through every stage of my life. I am loved by a little girl who has the option of not liking me, but gets excited when she sees me and wraps her arms around me expressing how much she loves and misses me. I am loved by two crazy pups who are unaffected by my appearance all together.
I am insecure. I am jealous. I'm a paranoid, anxious, mess.
But I am ME.
This is Me. No make up, no filter, hair a mess, covered in dog hair.
I am not perfect, my life isn't perfect, but neither is anyone else in this world. Something I often forget.
Self love starts within. You cannot seek it from anyone but yourself.
In the time that we live in today, it is SO extremely DIFFICULT not to constantly criticize every inch of your body. I struggle with this daily. Let's start spreading some love, to others as well as ourselves.
Are you willing to #ShowYourTrueSkin ?
Maybe if we can just acknowledge our imperfections and love ourselves anyway, see the beauty in other's imperfections and love them anyway, maybe just maybe we could create a better world. We must open our eyes to the world around us--every country, every race, every religion, and love each other anyway.
Repost a picture of yourself in your raw form and spread the love with the hashtag #iAmMywcw
I find this to be very important, especially for many people who struggle with these same feelings.