Be Bright, Be YOU
The world is constantly giving you every excuse not to be who you are. You're not this enough, you're not that enough. As women, we get those messages tenfold. To the point that every time someone gives us a compliment, we often don't just respond with a sincere "thank you." Too often is the response some caveat as to why we are unworthy of the compliment.
…But what if you did take every compliment to heart?
What if you embraced every compliment as your own? What if you knew, in your very core, that you had many attributes worthy of praise and adoration? Imagine that life and start living it.
I sincerely believe the bulk of the world’s issues are due to low self-esteem. Lack of self-esteem leads you to be hateful, to be an abuser, to be a racist, to be any other unfavorable thing in this life.
I dare you to love yourself. I dare you to lift up other women and support them when you can. I dare you to fearlessly compliment others without ulterior motives. After all, someone else’s beauty does not detract from your own. I dare you to, unapologetically, be the best version of yourself. A world where all women are secure, that's the world I want to live in.
Now, this may all seem like a bunch of “kumbaya” nonsense, but I am cheesy like that. I have been through a lot in my life, but one thing I have never struggled with is self-esteem. I have always felt very secure in who I am. This does not mean I ever believed I was perfect or had nothing to work on. It does, however, mean that I have always known my worth.
I find it very troubling so many women struggle with low self-esteem and diminished self-worth. I see the havoc it can wreak on relationships, both romantic and platonic. I cannot tell you how many stories I have heard about women accepting appalling treatment. You set the bar and it stays there. You do not EVER lower your standards for anyone, at any time. I also see the damage it can do to a person’s worldview. Ultimately, if you don’t love yourself, you may relegate others to scapegoat your problems. Next thing you know, your lack of self-esteem has led you to shirk all your accountability onto someone else.
So please, accept my challenge. Accept my plea to start creating a culture of contagious confidence amongst all women. Celebrate differences and applaud the unique. There is room for everybody.