I saw this quote for the first time when @themilitantbaker posted it a few months ago, and I've gone back to it again and again since then. •
Every day my brain tells me that this quote isn't true. A huge part of my anxiety is rooted in believing that most people secretly hate me, and when I REALLY convince myself of that, it can feel like the world is crashing around me. Like I can't do, say, or post a n y t h i n g because I'm so trapped in the fear of not being liked. It feels as if every person who thinks I'm not good enough will take a piece of me away until there's nothing left. •
I know, not the best mindset for someone who's daily life is measured in 'likes'. And I'm trying, so hard every day to shift it. To push past that fear and not put my worth in the hands of people who can't see it. To choose authenticity over likeability. To trust that I will survive, whether they like me or not. •
This week I've slipped back into the fear and I'd really like to come out now. I painted this last spring but never decided what to write in it, and I realised today that this was it. People won't like you, and you will live. For anyone else whose brain tries to tell you the same things mine does, hold onto this. Say it every day. You might not always believe it, but it will always be true. Your worth is not in the hands of the people who can't see it. It's in you, unconditionally. 💜💙💚🌈🌞 [Image description: a painting of bright, multi-coloured flowers in a circular wreath with black lettering inside that reads "people won't like you and you will live"]
@bodyposipanda pored her heart out. Lots of respect for this woman!
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