Today I wanted to talk about self empowerment. I have noticed that a lot of teens struggle with body image issues which can sometimes be brought on by the things we see in the media. Growing up can be hard sometimes. With school, and friends, and the private things that may happen in the household, we get stressed too, and the stress only increases when we aren’t even comfortable in our own skin. When I look in the magazines, all I see is thin, tall, and near flawless people modeling clothes that everyone wants to wear, and although we all know they aren’t flawless, when that is what is portrayed as beautiful, we start to feel as though we have to be that way; and it’s not true.
Me being 16, I am no less a victim of body image issues than the next person. I struggle with the same things that any teen would when faced with such a sensitive topic. You’re not alone. While there are tons of people who are perfectly happy with the way they are, there are tons of people who aren’t, and I am here to let you know that you are beautiful the way you are. I know that it’s hard to believe someone when they say that you’re beautiful when you don’t feel that way, but even the little things count. A lot of people don’t understand how it feels to wake up and not like what you see in the mirror, or see only flaws. A lot of people don’t know what if feels like for that to dictate your life. So when those people who don’t understand judge you, pay them no attention because they aren’t you and they don’t know how you feel, and you can’t expect everyone to understand that.
The best advice I can give you is to just keep your head up and be positive. I want you to try! Try to look in the mirror and pick out all of the things you love about yourself and use those things to make you feel good. For me, it’s my hair. My hair gives me confidence even when I feel bad about everything else. That’s all you need to make your day a little better. All you need is ONE thing about yourself that you can appreciate and it will make all the difference. Life is Love and you can only enjoy life when you love yourself. Nothing else matters. Be brave. Be strong. Be beautiful.