Confidence

Confidence is a process, but the ability to love and accept yourself is worth enduring all struggles for identity.

Confidence is a process, but the ability to love and accept yourself is worth enduring all struggles for identity.

Jackie Bond, Staff Writer

The world we live in is littered with impossible beauty standards and misguided people who believe outward beauty is directly equated with the amount of respect a person deserves. This superficial, ignorant mindset leaves even the prettiest people feeling objectified, self-conscious, and often even completely worthless. As teenagers, we are especially vulnerable to this criticism, and are forced to endure rumors, exclusion, and unrealistic social standards on a daily basis. Social pressure is inevitable, but distressing self-doubt and constant insecurity can be avoided. We cannot change but other people think or how they treat us, but we can change how we perceive ourselves. If we truly know how incredibly special and deserving we are, no one can convince us of otherwise.
The key to confidence is acceptance- recognizing that you are flawed and loving yourself anyway. For me, my confidence comes from years of gradual acceptance after a childhood filled with insecurity and diffidence. Although I still struggle with my self-esteem, I find my confidence in my accomplishments, my friends, continued self-reassurance, and through music. Music has always been a major part of my life, and every time I feel down I hum to Aretha Franklin, or rock out to the Beatles. This provides me with the strength I need to ignore the hate and continue being myself. It is also important to remind yourself of your talents and reassure yourself of your worth. So, every time you’re feeling self conscious or beaten down, listen to your favorite tunes, think of three things you love about yourself, and acknowledge how incredible you truly are. You may not be the prettiest or the funniest or even the smartest, but as long as you have a genuinely good heart, you are beautiful.