Like many other teenagers I have struggled with my self esteem and self worth.
I will never write a fairy tale story. It takes time and effort to learn how to love yourself.
I battled a lot with acne from the age of 11 to the age of 21. From the day I got it, or the day I noticed it. I refused to leave the house without makeup. My mother helped me, to hide the acne, she could see how it affected me.
At that time foundation was the only thing, I used. But it did not work. There was no green concealer (that hides redness). And foundation was not easy to find in my skin colour.
As a kid, tween and teenager image means a lot. Even when my skin was beginning to get better, it was still hard for me to go out without makeup on.
It took a long time, for my brain to realize that my acne was gone. Because I still had one or two pimples.
My dad has an expression he uses a lot. “Fake it until you make it.” Pretending to have the confidence you want to have and be the person you want to be. It sounds so silly (but it actually works). And it sounds easy. It is not.
Going outside, knowing that you think you look ugly. Your mind tells you that everybody is looking at you and thinking the same. But I just throw on some sunglasses and strutted down the street. After a while it becomes easier. Especially if your hair is on point and you do not look like a zombie.
But it is important to think highly of yourself. And a lot easier that not doing it.
Hope you will learn from my experiences.
Until next time.