Saturday, May 11, 2013

Being Confident

I've always been a somewhat confident person. Of course there are things I wish I could change about myself, but I think that's the case with everyone. I think that everyone has something they don't like about the way they look or act and that's okay. 

I could sit here + list a number of things I don't like about myself- My thighs, my imperfect skin, my bad eyesight. The list could go on + on. I'm sure that most of you reading this can think of something right now that you don't like about yourself + they way you look. I think we are kind of pushed to not like something about our looks- otherwise we will come across arrogant. It's kind of a double edge sword because you can't win either way.

Since my car wreck- I've noticed myself being more comfortable with the way I look but just being really...embarrassed of my wheelchair. I feel people staring at me and I don't want them to be turned away from me just because I use a chair to get around. It's almost been a year so I've kind of gotten used to it + don't notice the stares anymore but it's hard to not feel like it's all people see when they look at me. I thankfully haven't had a lot of negative things being sad to me but that hasn't always been the case.

My wheelchair is an obvious thing about me + most people would automatically assume to bring it up to hurt my feelings. Just like being a bit heavier or having acne- it's something people assume you are going to feel insecure about so they WILL bring it up to try to hurt you. I try to just remember that EVERYONE is fighting their own battle, everyone has something they don't like about their appearance. The thing is- you are in control of your feelings. YOU decide how others can make you feel. If I let peoples comments about my wheelchair bother me, I wouldn't have the courage to go out into public or be so open about my injury. If you let your insecurities hold you back, you won't ever get where you want to be in life.


It's easy for me to say "don't let others bring you down" because we all know words hurt but what I do to help me not let bring me down is just to realize that if the only thing they've got on me is making comments about something that is obvious to me + everyone around me- they don't have much to say. If someone were to make a comment about my chair in a rude way- I'd probably be like "you're smart for seeing that I can't walk because I wasn't aware of that" I guess you just have to be sassy right back + not let them get a raise out of you- because that's honestly what they want.

Now, take some time to think of five things you love about yourself. Write them down + keep them in a place you will see them often. Whenever you feel down or sad- take the paper out and look at it. Remember you are a beautiful creation of God.

Hope you're having a great Saturday. 


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