Self Image: How YOU perceive yourself, can be very different from how the world sees you. It has the ability to make you doubtful OR confident in your abilities and ideas. Created over time, it is often shaped by experiences and events with significant impact on your emotional well being.
- What you think you look like.
- What you believe others think of you.
- What kind of character you think you portray.
- What kind of personality you think you have.
- What you think are your strengths and weaknesses.
- What you perceive your social status to be.
- How much you like yourself or think others like you.
A Letter to My Younger Self
You were uniquely designed. You are one of a kind. You were not meant to be like anyone else. You were created with certain features that no one else can reproduce, you were gifted with talents, skills, strengths and weaknesses that all serve a purpose. Your genetic build up molded you into the divine creature that you are. Your ability to digest personal experiences and prompt critical thinking continue to set you apart from the crowd. All the things and people that hurt you along the way are blessings in disguise. Your pain will break you down, yet it will build you back up stronger than before. You are a young girl who feels lost in a big world, but your curiosity, perseverance and stubborn heart will mature you into a fierce, unbreakable woman.
The other girls who laugh at your muscles and call you a man are jealous, insecure, and calling you names out of immaturity and a lack of knowing themselves. The boys that laugh at you because you are taller laugh because they haven’t hit puberty yet and don’t like feeling inferior to your strong stature. Your parents’ unhappiness and divorce is not your fault. Your economic status does not define you or your future. The other kids with unending allowances and financial support did not get that way because God loves them more. Your standardized test scores will not make or break you.
You will not find happiness in boys. You will not find happiness in alcohol or drugs. The size of your clothes and the weight on the scale will not depict the number of genuine friends you will have in life. Your failures will not define you. The world may not understand you or see your heart the way you do. The way you see yourself will create your reality. If you hate yourself, you are incapable of loving another soul. Learning to love yourself will be the most important thing you will do in this life.
You will find happiness in loving yourself. The number of genuine friends in your life will be weighed by the amount of love you are capable of giving and receiving. In order to understand yourself, you must love yourself first. There will not be happiness in your reality without love in your heart for the person you see when you look in the mirror.
Do not make decisions based on the opinions of others around you. Do not place emphasis on materialistic items in life, for these things will add no value to your soul. Hold onto your grandparents tightly. Attend family dinners, play with your cousins, sit on your mom’s lap, day dream with your siblings and invest in relationships with family members. Don’t get caught up on friends “liking you” for they will come and go, but family is forever. Make memories, be silly, laugh hard, and don’t sweat the small things.
Dear Self, I love you.