A lot of people struggle to look in the mirror and see a face they are proud to have staring back at them.
Too many times do you overhear people talking about how they are too fat or too ugly or too weird. Too many people will carry in a hundred things into a dressing room and leave with one or two pieces.
People spend hours in front of a mirror styling their hair one way and then another and then another. Or putting on makeup and wiping it off just to start all the way over again.
Far too many people in this world feel insecure and not good enough in any way, shape, or form.
It took me years to look in the mirror and feel anything other than ordinary. I used to feel overweight and ugly. Looking in the mirror induced pain that I couldn't explain.
It was hard going on social media and seeing picture of celebrities and knowing that I did not look like them.
I used to care so much what people thought of me that I eventually lost myself in the process.
And that was tough. It's no fun feeling you are not good enough. It's no fun feeling like you are being cheated in some way that you can not control.
Being insecure is not laughing matter and it sucked to always feel like there was nothing you could do to change that.
My friends, there is.
It took a long time to understand that I will always be enough. It took a long time to know that I was beautiful and healthy and amazing.
It didn't happen overnight and I still struggle to see all the incredible qualities I have inside me, but I did finally feel secure.
I was finally in security when I started to love myself. Little by little, I was looking in the mirror and admiring all the things I once hated about myself.
My weight no longer mattered because I knew that that number did not affect the happiness I could have. I realized that the only person that had a problem with the way I looked was myself.
Once you realize that you are worst enemy, that you are the sole reason you feel insecure, you soon realize that you are one step closer to security.
You, my friends, will always be enough. You are pretty enough and smart enough. You are kind enough and healthy enough.
You are enough.
Once you love yourself, you are finally free from everything that has ever held you back. You will look in the mirror and know that you are the best person you can be and a number on the scale, a picture on social media, a grade on a test does not define the incredible person you are inside or out.
It was definitely a journey, but I did eventually go from being insecure to in security and I just know that you will too.