I think about the girl on the left every time I put on a costume. I say the girl on the left like it isn't me because I've come so far through cosplay that I hardly recognize her, not because of looks, but because of where I'm at mentally. Cosplay has always been my home away from home, my opportunity to be someone else, my creative outlet, and my escape. The girl on the left was sad and hated everything about herself. Cosplay started as my way to get away from myself. Now, every time I put on a costume I try to be someone that girl would be proud of.
Cosplay isn't about who looks the best or who has the most money to spend on a costume or who has the most followers. Cosplay fills a different role for everyone who does it. If you're nervous about starting cosplay and not looking as good as you would like to or not living up to the people you see online, fuck that. You would be hard-pressed to find a cosplayer who is flawless out of the gate. Worst case scenario, you have some fucking hilarious photos to look back on like I do. If you're thinking about starting cosplay, do it