The world is a terrible place, full of lies and deceit. As a young teenager, I remember looking in the mirror and being OK with who I was. I needed braces, but other than that, I thought, I was OK. But then the world chimed in and told me that I wasn’t OK at all.
The world is so miserable, it just can’t stand to see anyone happy. It wants you to be just as miserable. It conspires against you, telling you that YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. It wants you to believe that you are not as good as the others.
You are not pretty enough,
You don’t have the right hair, the right clothes, or the right body.
The world is a bully. It’s the worst bully of all. It says bad things to us about ourselves, and SOMETIMES, WE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THEM!!
That’s the worst part of this. We actually believe the lies the world tells us. Why? Why would we put ourselves through this misery?
The TRUTH says that we are exactly the way we were meant to be. Generations upon generations have blended together to make you exactly who you are today. Even one variable in those ancestors would have made a completely different person!
You are good enough!! You are pretty, smart, and strong! Your physical features have nothing to do with who you are inside. Your body is just that, its a body. Its a vessel that we are given to move our brains around in. You need to take care of this body! Its the only one you get. Maybe you’re not happy with it, but don’t envy the one someone else has because you think its better. For the most part, you can shape yours too, like a potter shapes the clay. It takes work, but the results can be fabulous if you stick with it! Maybe you aren’t happy with some aspect of it, perhaps its not the one you would have chosen had you been able to try them on and pick. But the one you got is the one that was picked for you. Learn to like it, that one thing will make your life a much happier place! Feed it well, with nutritious foods. Nurture it, exercise it. Perhaps yours is a malfunctioning body, or one who has taken much abuse and now has a few dents and dings in it. It may be hard to understand why yours isn’t in good working order, but none of us knows why these things happen. None of us knows what things we will learn in life because of that thing that makes us unique.
Once you have made peace with your body, its time to look into your heart and see who you are. Who are you? Not your name, or your title, but who you are on the inside. Its hard to find, because we’ve accepted so many labels from so many people over the years. But take away all the things that others have named you, and what do you have left? Take away the lies you have believed in the past, wipe the slate clean. Who is living in your body? Who is this person called “I”? Think about it. Dwell on it. See if you can find “I”, meet them, ask them questions. Ask them who they truly are.
I am compassionate, loving, caring, strong, and determined. I am introverted, intelligent, creative, and empathetic. I am a daughter of God. I am a mother, wife, daughter, friend. I am patient, I am impatient. I am so many things. I am also not many of the things the world has labeled me as. I get to choose who I am. I don’t have to accept any label I don’t want. If another person chooses to label me, I am not that label. I am not what others think. What the world thinks is not my concern, my concern is what I think. What I think I am, is who I am.
I’d love to hear about who your “I” is. What labels have you chosen?