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Overcoming Insecurity

Writer, Age 13

I had never really struggled with self-esteem. I had been told all my life that I was a unique individual, and that I was beautiful. I had never doubted it for one minute. I knew that I was. For a while, however, I thought differently.

Iím not sure that everyone goes through a period of time when they constantly compare themselves with others, but thatís what I did. I was always looking at my bad points and ignoring my good points. No matter where I was, somebody was skinnier, prettier, trendier, etc. After a while, I became bummed when I tried on clothes, and had to get a bigger size. I was convinced that I was fat.

I finally became so fed up with myself that I decided to do something about it. I ate healthier, exercised a little, and I talked about it. I think that talking helped most of all. I told my family, and they, mainly my mom, were very supportive.

If there is anyone out there reading this who is like me, please, save yourself the hurt, and tell someone! There is nothing wrong with you; you are a unique person created in Godís image, and you are beautiful. Luckily, I know and believe that now too.

Last Modified Date: 1/10/2001