When I was a child I remember being teased about my height. I would always seem to be the shortest student in class. I got use to walking towards the front for every group shot. But honestly, I don't think I really minded - if anything it made me kinda special: "I'm the cute short girl".
However, this uniqueness began to ware off as I grew up, matured and people still only thought of me as cute or remarked that I look 5 years younger than I was.
"You will love looking younger when you are older" -my mother always declared.
But I didn't want to wait, I wanted respect from my peers and acquaintances. However, it didn't help that on top of always looking younger than actuality, I was also timid and insecure. I am still on the path towards total self-acceptance and love but I have come so far. It all started with the motto: " Fake it til you make it" . Put on a brave face and your journey towards acceptance has begun. College definitely was a catalyst that helped me become a confident woman (in training).
I now understand that loving yourself doesn't necessarily mean not wanting to change anything about your appearance or personality, but rather understanding your inherent worth and entitlement. Yes, you are loved and yes you deserve it! You are strong, capable, inspiring, beautiful and intelligent! You must realize that everyone (unfortunately) has insecurities and is on their own journey. The most important act we can do is to be kind to everyone; most importantly ourselves!
It's helpful to know we're not the only one who faces problems with body shaming. Here's a chance to share.