To Anyone And Everyone Feeling Like They're Not Enough
Health and Wellness

To Anyone And Everyone Feeling Like They're Not Enough

Some words from someone who's been there.

To Anyone And Everyone Feeling Like They're Not Enough
Phoebe Velez

To those who read the title and don't exactly understand, I hope you never do. To those who do, I've been there. Multiple times, in ways I don't have enough words (or sometimes no words at all) to describe. Feeling inadequate is one of the worst feelings in the world, at least in my opinion. It's something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

It's a state of mind that's extremely difficult to explain, and is therefore even harder to figure out and work towards getting out of. It's something I've grappled with time and time again, and something I unfortunately allowed to spiral at one point or another.

Once you're there, it seems almost impossible to get out. Not much can be done to help it, as it's never as easy as saying "stand up and like yourself." Learning to accept yourself, let alone love yourself, is so much easier said than done. I'm not going to write out a list of steps stating a golden formula on how to do it, because it's not that simple.

It's different for everyone... Sometimes, it just happens. Other times, it takes an insane wake-up call. It can also be something in between. One way or another, it's insanely difficult.

I will, however, say that it's possible. I've been in that spot - admittedly, getting out of it is still a work in progress. But I'm honestly in a pretty good place - the best place I've been in for quite some time - and am bettering myself every day. I can't tell you exactly how I did it, because I honestly don't know. But I'm so beyond grateful that I did.

I can't exactly describe how I'm feeling, but I'm definitely accepting myself more than I had been for a very long time. That's something I never thought possible, and it's something I'm happier about than I can describe.

The quote on this article's cover is a sticker on my laptop. It's a quote from Dear Evan Hansen, one of my favorite musicals. "Today, at least you're you - and that's enough." I see it every time I open my laptop, and it's a nice reminder to myself. I'm enough... I'm more than enough. And I should never put myself in a position in which I feel otherwise.

That statement took a long time for me to say, and an even longer time to believe. To anyone who identifies with the title of this article, I hope someday you come to terms with it, too.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B just dropped the hottest summer single yet. It's called "WAP" and we're going to get into all the intoxicating lyrics.

This song empowers females and their sexuality. These women put the ridiculous music industry female beef to bed, and I mean tucked away in a coma.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.


From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less

To some who have been out of the dating world for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after being single for some time. So, I asked 26 people what they think is important to know before looking for love again, here's what they had to say.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments