Real Stories

Accepting And Appreciating Thyself

I had never fallen for comments such as, “You are beautiful just the way you are.” I mean, I see myself in the mirror every day and do you know what I see? A face with acne and blackheads, a skinny body, small butt, small boobs.

I see so many wrongs.

This was a daily routine. I would wake up, shower, get dressed and look myself in the mirror and I just didn’t like what I saw. This made it so hard for me to believe people who would tell me that I am beautiful, because I would immediately think that they were only saying so because they assume it was what I needed to hear, hence I feel beautiful like every other girl. Everyone but me was beautiful in my eyes, even those with acne, skinny bodies, small butts and small boobs—it was beautiful, but just not on me.

One day I asked myself what I can do to make myself more beautiful and I literally rejected every suggestion that came to mind—I refused to wear make-up, I refused to do squats everyday hence I get a bigger butt, I refused to get push-up bras to make my boobs look plumper. I didn’t want to do anything to my body because I realized that I am like this because it is who I am. I figured that I wouldn’t love myself more with make-up on or with a bigger butt.

I started to see beauty in everything I never liked about myself and those that complimented me boosted my confidence. I noticed all the people who genuinely like me the way I am both  appearance-wise and personality-wise. It is so easy to focus on the parts that we do not like about ourselves. It’s so easy to see beauty in someone else than to admire our own selves. But I am here to tell you that you are hella beautiful—inside and out. I don’t have to know you personally to know that about you. Don’t look down on yourself. Appreciate yourself just the way you are and that’s all that matters.





Author: Mbalenhle
Email: [email protected]
Author Bio: A young South African blogger who promotes self-love and individuality.
Link to social media or website: https://buddingregardless.com

by Mbalenhle Khuzwayo

A writer, explorer and creator who enjoys sharing her experiences and lessons. A lover of all things Art and adventure.


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