I’m glad to say, however, that over time, I’ve learned to accept and love the way I look. Over the past few months, I’ve been eating healthier, exercising, and really learning what my body needs and wants. Subsequently, people around me have noticed how good I look. While I appreciate their compliments, I do find myself wondering, ‘Did I not look as good back then?”. Then I take a step back and wonder, why do we place such a heavy emphasis on looks? Why not on the health and well-being of our body instead?
My motto is “love yourself”. When you respect yourself and are proud of the person you’re growing into, it really makes a huge difference. Remember that everyone, even those who you think are beautiful and ‘have it all’ are insecure about something. Your insecurities don’t leave you and sometimes don’t have an endpoint, so it’s important to be aware of them and refuse to let them tear you down. The most important thing is to build your personality. Once you learn to love who you are, you won’t need external, superficial validation. The only thing that’ll matter is how you feel about yourself.
Shirley was born, raised, and lives in Montreal. She graduated with a degree in Accounting at McGill University and currently works as an auditor. She runs her personal blog, saumignon.