You ARE Good Enough

You ARE Good Enough

You are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, and strong enough. Believe it and never let insecrutiy run your life.
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“I’m not good enough. I don’t know why I even try.” If you feel you’re not good enough, this is something you’ve said to yourself. Sometimes we all get to this point with our lives. It’s okay to be down about yourself, but it’s not okay to think you aren’t good enough because you are.

What is not being “good enough?" Where is the line in life that makes you not “good enough” anymore? You don’t know… No one knows. These are all questions I want you to ask yourself. Can you find an answer? Chances are probably not because we are ALL good enough for the lives we live.

Life gets wild and crazy and everyone does so many different things. It’s easy to get in the mindset of thinking you aren’t good enough because you aren’t doing all these things. Just because someone else is doing something and you aren’t, that doesn’t mean it's bad. You are doing wonderful but in a different way.

You're doing things in a way that fits best with your personality and the way you enjoy life. Everyone on Earth is very different. We give things back to this wonderful place in a variety of ways. Don’t let someone else’s success drag you down. You have success in other ways that this person may not. Your worth is not defined by what someone else does. Your worth is defined by what you do! No matter what happens in life, it was the exact thing that needed to happen in that exact moment in time.

Bad things happen. It's life! We are humans and we all make mistakes, but they don’t define us. If you don’t make mistakes, it means you didn’t try. Even the most “perfect” people make mistakes, and it’s okay. Just because you make a mistake, it doesn’t affect your self-worth.

It doesn’t make you any less “good.” Making a mistake is just something that happens and in the end, it makes you better because you learn from it. So next time you make a mistake, don’t think you aren’t strong enough, think about how it is making you become a BETTER person! It is making you even more valuable.

When something amazing comes your way, embrace it! You deserve every spectacular moment that happens in your life. If you find someone that treats you really well and always supports you, you deserve them!

Don’t let yourself think you aren’t good enough because you don’t do every little thing that person does for you. The point of being "good" enough is allowing yourself to think you are!

Allow yourself to realize that this person fell for you just the way you are. You aren't the one that gets to decide if you are "perfect enough" for this person or not. That person is the deciding factor. You might be the thing that brings them the most joy! Don't take that from them because you don't feel like yourself worth is enough for them. That person thinks you are way above breathtaking enough and you should feel that way about yourself too.

We can’t let others define our own self-worth. If someone says something to put you down, just let it go in one ear and out the other. They don’t live the life we live, and our choices might not make sense to them, but they make sense to us and that’s all that matters.

You don’t have to be good for anyone but YOURSELF. It’s your life and you define your own happiness. If you feel like you are great enough for what you are doing, or you are trying your best, that’s all that matters. Allow yourself to be happy with what life is doing for you and what you are doing for yourself.

Maybe that person that put you down is really just jealous of what you are doing. They don’t want to admit that you are doing something better than what they could. They are trying to tell you, you are wonderful but they can’t physically say it. Just accept everything everyone tells you, but you don’t have to let it affect you. You are brilliant enough for yourself and that’s perfect, that's all you need!

Try. It’s just that simple. Take a shot at something you know nothing about, and try! If your best friend is really good at dancing, dance with her! The fact you tried to dance with her makes you stellar enough! We are all humans and we all have different skills in life, no one can ask for anything more than you simply trying your best. If you try your best at everything you do, that makes you dazzling enough.

Look around, you have people that love you UNCONDITIONALLY! They love the way you smile and the way you laugh. They love the little things you do well. They love being around you. They love YOU, for you! You are wonderful enough for them. Be better for yourself! If you feel down, think of all these people and talk to them! They would LOVE to help you feel better about yourself! They want you to feel good, and you want you to feel beyond magnificent about yourself.

When you feel strong enough, you enjoy life. You notice the little things in life that make you smile. You give other people a reason to smile. Being brilliant enough is what you deserve to feel!

You are living YOUR life. No one else is living your life. You need to realize that the only person you are trying to be "good" for is YOURSELF. If you do everything you want to do and live life the way you want to, you are making your life beyond perfect enough for yourself.

There are some people that will never see you are good enough. That is their short-coming, not yours. Be merciful enough to cut them from your life.

Cover Image Credit: Kendall Gatewood

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.
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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Cover Image Credit: Brittani Norman

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Yet Found Herself, Keep Looking

You will eventually find her in all the right places, I promise.

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They say you are supposed to go through your awkward transition phase during middle school, but you still feel like you haven't quite figured it out. They say you are supposed to join a club in order to "find yourself", but then you end up sitting in the back watching everyone laugh and catch up. You feel out of place--like you're existing somewhere you just don't belong. Let me be the voice telling you that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now. Every decision you've ever made has led you to this place. This is, of course, much harder to grasp than to just say. Really though, you're doing just fine!

Finding out the things you don't like to do are just important as discovering your passions when it comes to finding your true self. Don't be afraid to join that club, talk to the girl next to you in class, and explore your interests. You might hate it. You might want to run away, but at least you're learning about yourself and where your comfort zone lies. Finding yourself is a life long process, so don't expect an Aha! moment where you have finally hit your destination. Think of it more as a sense of confidence of comfortability in who you are and what you stand for.

Stepping away from friends and family for some time may also lead you to who you are. Often, we grow up and mature only to have the same beliefs, morals, and political opinions as our parents. It's not our fault and we aren't childish, we just trust our parent's judgment and see their conscience as nothing but truth. Part of gaining independence is questioning your own biased beliefs and reevaluating them so they reflect your character better. Same goes with friends. Try to spend a Friday night in with yourself. See what you do. Do you watch a movie? Do you catch up on homework? Do you paint your nails? What is it that makes you feel happy when nobody else is around? By considering the answer to this question, you're one step closer to figuring this whole life thing out.

You may also want to try stepping away from your phone. Your social media (this shouldn't come as a surprise) is giving you the false idea that everyone around you knows exactly what they're doing and enjoys doing it all. Not true. So not true actually, everyone else is struggling to find out just who they are. You and your phone need some distance.

Finding yourself doesn't just happen. You need to explore the world around you and you'll eventually find out where your place is. Be patient with the process and know the right steps will surface when you're ready to take them. Be kind to yourself and have the bravery to discover the girl inside you (I hear she's really cool).

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