We all need to be reminded how awesome we are.
I’m often guilty of listening to self-doubt and my insecurities about my appearance. You know that little voice in your head that tells you you’re noticeably bloating, that your acne is preventing you from making friends or that your I-really-want-this-job-so-I-hope-I’m-impressing-you laugh sounds too fake? Sometimes, the voice isn’t so “little.”
Silencing that voice is nearly impossible for me because I can hear it even if it’s on mute. It’s like it added captions to my everyday life, which wouldn’t be terrible except that they block my vision. I kid you not, the words “you’re fat” were written across my waiter’s forehead once, forcing me to order a tiny salad instead of what I really wanted to eat.
It’s getting out of hand, but I find solace in the moments I can push past the self-doubt and consider how everyone else must be feeling.
I mean, have you ever looked at a complete stranger and realized that their life is just as complicated and messed up as yours? It’s humbling.
It’s called sonder. That random woman sipping tea by the window in your favorite coffee shop? She could be waiting for her blind date to arrive. That man wearing sunglasses inside? He might be an undercover cop trying to solve someone’s murder. OK, maybe not, but my point is that everyone has something going on.
Everyone has a life, and everyone doubts themselves on occasion. If you take a minute to observe the people around you — I mean really look — you might start to see the beauty in others and begin to recognize it in yourself.
Of course, it’s not easy to overlook, or accept, your flaws, but it’s necessary. Helping others see the beauty in themselves is one of the best things you can do with your time, and it’s a win-win situation. So, next time you think someone needs a pick-me-up, share the love with these quotes that let people know they are special.
1. Because every woman is a queen.
“Be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown, without telling the world that it was crooked.” — The Funny Beaver
2. Because you’re more than your opinion of yourself.
“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know.” — Unknown