In the Mirror

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By Alexa

When we look at ourselves in the mirror, most of the time our first reaction is to point out stuff we dislike and our flaws. I know so many people who do not think as themselves as pretty or even value their worth. My name is Alexa, on the outside people think of me as a fun outgoing person, I like to hang out with my friends and family, I am just a regular teenager.

For a very long time, I never thought of myself as pretty and I would be that person to look at myself in the mirror and point out flaws. One day as I was scrolling through social media and I came across this post that said something powerful: we hate everything about ourselves yet we love them on other people. I was truly mind blown, this is so true. Find things you love about yourself, maybe it is your laugh, your smile, or even your nails. Simple things make you stunning. From then on it got me thinking, we are all humans, nobody on this earth is perfect, regardless of their life on social media or how we perceive them.

I am not perfect, not even close! I am insecure, but why? Why can I not love myself completely? Our body is powerful and it is unique, we should not hate ourselves because one part is bigger than we would like, or we do not look like that one model we follow. Why are we constantly putting ourselves down? Each person that you see every day is dealing with something whether they choose to share that or not. You see others as beautiful but the key is to view yourself as beautiful as well. Let us do something amazing, appreciate ourselves because we are strong and amazing. One important thing I’ve learned is you need to love yourself and realize all the amazing things you have done that you are proud of, that is way easier said than done.

Realize your beauty even if it may be different from someone else, give yourself compliments multiple times a day, treat yourself like a queen. Just because you do not like a part of yourself does not give you the right to hate yourself completely. No one is perfect, not even close. Most importantly: do things that make you happy. I think a way to make ourselves happier and make our mental health better is by surrounding ourselves with people who bring light into our lives and make us feel good about who we are. Unfollow people on social media that don’t make you feel like the queen you are. Be your biggest hype man, confidence will take you so far, it will make you glow more than you already do. This may be cliche but remember beauty comes from the inside and not the out. Treat others and yourself with kindness and love!