Acceptance


Often we focus our energy on “what can I change about myself?” I challenge you to find something about yourself that you are proud of and something you feel is worth bragging about. Even if there’s just one thing you can focus on, I ask you to choose it.

Instead of wishing something was different, how about if we tried to embrace what we do have and appreciate it?

I used to hate my freckles! They made feel like I stood out. “None of my friends had them, so why do I have to have so many?” I used to think. Why can’t I have what I considered a “clean palate” on my face and body? “It’s not fair,” I would say to myself. But as I have gotten older I have learned to accept that this is who I am. My freckles are part of my story, and now I realize I’d look too plain without them. They make me who I am, they are special. No creams or procedures are going to erase them, so why not embrace them?! And though sometimes I still struggle with them, I have learned to love and accept them as part of me.

They say, “With age comes wisdom,” …but I think a better statement is, “with age comes self acceptance!”

Teenage years can be an especially difficult time for many, but as soon as you graduate high school, it’s like everyone starts over. It’s a new chapter. Your worst enemies are now your best friends. Why do we have to go through all the drama, phases, and hard times to get to the good times? I feel it’s to help us grow as individuals and learn how to become our own person.

So my message to you is whatever it is that you are most uncomfortable with about yourself, treat it as you just graduated high school and turn it around to be your best quality. Acceptance is a very powerful tool. We all have the ability to do it – sometimes it’s just about how you look at things, or having a new perspective.

So back to my challenge for you…. What do you love? What do you want to learn to love? What do others love about you? Think about it – and I invite you to add a picture of yourself with a note as to what you have chosen to accept about yourself.

Thanks for participating!

I used to hate my freckles! They made feel like I stood out. ….But as I have gotten older I have learned to accept that this is who I am. My freckles are part of my story, and now I realize I’d look too plain without them. They make me who I am, they are special.

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