I have to battle insecurities on a daily basis. Some days confidence comes easier, and some days it seems downright impossible to stay confident. We regularly place our confidence in fragile things, like how good our hair looks, if our skin is acting up, or if we can find something cute to wear.
Don’t you ever get tired of it?
I remember as a young girl looking at old pictures and saying, “I’m going to dress better and try harder this year. I’ll wear more makeup and learn to live with high heels if I have to.” I’d wake up the first day of school and scramble to find something to wear, grabbing out handfuls of shirts to try on and piling the leftovers on my bedroom floor. I’d try to smuggle my frizzy hair into a bun and inevitably cake on too much makeup. After getting so frustrated with the results, I’d climb into the car almost in tears.
Have you ever had a morning like that?
Well, I was tired of letting the condition of my skin, hair, or even my clothes dictate the condition of my day. I wanted to feel confident no matter how my morning routine went.
That’s when I heard a quote that rocked my world!
It’s a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, and it says, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
That quote did something amazing for me—it gave me permission to care a little less. I read that, and I thought, “Wait, everyone isn’t waiting for me to mess up? I don’t have to worry about what others think?” When I realized that there wasn’t a spotlight shining on me all the time and people weren’t keeping a record of my off-days, it was like somebody lifted a burden from my shoulders. There was no pressure anymore.
When I’m having a bad day, I have to remind myself:
When small things start to look like big things, those three words ground me. I can take a deep breath. Nobody will care about this a week from now. I can start every day fresh.
Confidence is the most attractive accessory you can wear. Whatever it is you don’t like about yourself, there is someone out there using the same thing you see as a “flaw” to set themselves apart from the crowd. Confidence turns what you consider imperfections into unique qualities that make you gorgeous!
Be you, be comfortable in your skin, and don’t take yourself too seriously. Today is a stepping-stone, not your final destination. Life really does go on no matter what kind of hair day you have, I promise.
I leave you with this wonderful quote I found on Pinterest (the source of all cliché, fantastic advice):
“Confidence is quiet. Insecurities are loud.”
It’s true! So don’t let your insecurities do the talking!
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