Learn to Love Yourself

Photo by Vivienne McMaster
Photo by Vivienne McMaster

As a woman, it has taken me nearly 50 years to come to terms with my looks and my body. My thighs were too big, my boobs too small, my calves and ankles were better known as cankles. My nose was too small, one eyelid wouldn’t open completely, and my smile was too small.

Looking back at pictures of myself over my life, I see the beautiful person that I was, that I am, that I’ve always been. And I’m sure that if my mother ever knew how I felt about myself all those years, a part of her would have died inside because she loved me completely, unconditionally, and in her eyes I was perfect . As she was to me.

The following video is a powerful illustration of how our vision of ourselves differs from how others see us:

What about you? Do you struggle with a poor self-image? If you’ve overcome a poor self-image, how did you do it? How much do you think society factors in to how we see ourselves?

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3 comments on… “Learn to Love Yourself”

  1. Oh, I absolutely struggle. Some days are better than other. Some days I’m comfortable in my skin. Some days I’m not. The day’s I’m not, there’s always desert. And wine. And books. 🙂

  2. I struggle too. I think I look very fine in the mirror and then I see a photo of myself. “Do I really look like that?” I will ask one of my sisters. Hesitation. “Well, your lips are a little thinner in real life, and your hair a little frizzer and your nose” Ugh!

  3. I’ve always struggled with self-image. Even on days when I feel pretty good, it only takes one negative remark to shatter my happy with myself bubble. I’m glad you have found your inner and outer beauty 🙂

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