Accepting your flaws and imperfections as they are is something we all should practice in today’s world. Not going to lie, I didn’t start appreciating my flaws and imperfections until this year (2017) began. I used to (still, slightly) have such low self-esteem when it came to accepting them as they were.
Being you seems like it would be an easy thing, right? Just be! But when you’re someone who has lived their life seeking the approval of others constantly, it’s not such an easy thing. You have to attempt to move past years of trying to appear this way, wondering if people will judge you if do that or doing your best not to cause waves and avoid conflict. Trying to be everything to everyone is one of the most exhausting things. It feels like that toy that a lot of us used to play with when you try to fit the shaped blocks into the correct corresponding hole.
It never even occurred to me that it was okay if some people didn’t like me, or if I didn’t have all the right clothes. I didn’t realize that it didn’t make me any less worthy or valuable of a person if someone didn’t like me or if I wasn’t “perfect.” That if a guy wasn’t interested or someone didn’t want to be my friend, that it didn’t mean I was ugly or worthless or needed to fix something about myself.I couldn’t see that people don’t love each other because they’re perfect. They love each other for everything, including the flaws. In fact, I think we love each other in large part because of our flaws. Because we are all human. Because we make mistakes. Our imperfections and our differences are what set us apart and make us unique
All I want in life right now is to love myself and accept my flaws. All my self-doubt, my insecurities, my fears; I want to be able to accept that they are there but not let them take over my life and make me feel bad about myself. Everyone has insecurities. But we can’t let our fears define us. Learning to embrace yourself and shut out the need to people please or be what everyone else might want us to be is hard and it’s not something that can be an overnight change. But learning to accept all of the parts of yourself, including the ones you may not like, is not only the greatest gift you can give to yourself, it’s the greatest gift you can give to the world around you too.When you stop caring so much about what everyone else thinks of you and start becoming you, it’s then that you can truly offer the world the most.
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“Don’t forget to remember, if you’re not smiling you’re doing it wrong”- Alex Wassabi(YouTuber)