It’s easy to look at someone and think they look perfect all the time and don’t have any imperfections or insecurities.
I struggle with my own insecurities and imperfections. Cellulite, stretchmarks, weight loss, weight gain, too little muscle, too much muscle, thin hair, freckles - the list goes on.
We follow ‘perfect’ people, attracted to how they look and what clothes they are wearing. We edit our photos and make ourselves look better because we think that’s what people will want to see.
Despite this need for perfection, I feel there is a greater need to be real. To show our vulnerable side. I feel so much more at ease in myself when I see someone admit they aren’t perfect, and share with the world their insecurities, rather than fueling this false idea of being perfect.
These are my main three insecurities and how I am dealing with them:
Picture 1 - Skin:
I suffered with severe acne for years, covering it up with layers of make up. I finally went to the dermatologist after being so self conscious for so long. I was put on a drug called accutane for 8 months. This permanently shrank my sebaceous (oil) glands and a year later, my acne has cleared completely. I have permanent scarring from my spots that will never go away. I’m so thankful that my acne has cleared that I’m learning to love my skin - scars and all.
Picture 2 - Tummy:
I’ve ALWAYS had a tummy ‘pooch’. Whether I am 6 stone or 10 stone, the bulge stays. I’ve been working out for a year, and it’s still there. The bulge has got more prominent due to my insulin injections (insulin is a fat secreting hormone). Family members have pointed it out. My tummy will never be perfectly flat and I’m learning to be okay with this - hopefully one day it will grow beautiful babies, which will bless me with an even bigger bulge, so I guess I should appreciate this one while it is still little!
Picture 3 & 4 - Natural Face:
Like most women I’m insecure of how I appear without make up. This got worse when I was told by an ex to keep my make up on, instead of wiping it off before bed. I’ve never felt so small in all my life. That took me a long time to recover from - ** continued in comments **