It’s none of your business what others think about you. As long as you know, You are Enough and there is Power in Being You!
I always felt different growing up. I am the oldest of three kids – my younger brother and sister look like my mom with dark straight hair. I have light brown curly hair and look like my dad. My father was a handsome man but being a young girl and hearing you look like your father translated to having the face of an “old man”.
When I looked in the mirror, I saw: big bulging fish eyes, big horse type teeth and gums, giant hump on my nose, fuzzy out of control hair on a short no hips, no boobs, boy-like body. I was shy and had very low self-esteem.
I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere. Although I made some friends, it would never last because I changed schools so much. I went to seven different schools before I made it to middle school.
In middle school, I had a math teacher tell me I was smart “for a girl”. The gym teacher yelled at every boy in class because they “let a girl beat them” on the track. This stupid girl with a man face did not belong and didn’t fit in anywhere.
My self-esteem was little to none going into high school. I made some friends but I kept my distance from people. How could anyone care about me? I’m weird. I’m awkward. I look like a man. And I didn’t deserve love.
I joined the dance club where we turned my solo dance into a whole production, I had A’s, went to summer school just to stay busy, I was well liked and had a boyfriend that was adorable & kind. But I still couldn’t look myself in the mirror and say I love that girl. I was looking for something outside of me.
I ached for someone or something to lift me up because I couldn’t do it for myself.
Several years out of school, I realized how different we ALL ARE. We are all unique. We are all weird. We are all awkward. And we all deserve love!
Something changed when I gained confidence on the inside – it showed on the outside. In my thirties, I still despised that I had a man face and that I was named after an old woman – but somehow I owned it! This is who I am!
Wonderful things began to show up. I am beautiful, courageous and confident. It didn’t happen overnight but – when I made the choice to be the best Me that I can be – everything changed.
Oh and now in my late forties I love the name Irene! I love the girl in the mirror. I love that I kicked ass in high school (and still kick ass in everything I do!). Girls Rule! I Rule! I’m going to keep being the best Irene I can be!
It’s starts with gratitude every morning when I get up. I give thanks for all the little moments in every day. I appreciate my life and the journey I am on. Although my life in not perfect, I can find the perfections in the imperfections. And I love the girl in the mirror!
Confidence can make the biggest difference in your life, relationships and career. You can experience true peace, happiness, wellness and success.
Make a decision to Love Yourself in all your imperfections. You are Enough and there is Power in Being You!
What is your favorite part about being YOU? Comment below – Come on Own it! I wanna know.