Accept yourself as you are

By: Charity Ogoti

We spend money trying to fit in, pour ourselves over the latest celebrity news, and spend hours trying to emulate the beauty that the world will worship. But at the end of the day, trying to chase after these things will only leave us unsatisfied with the hunger for more.

We need to start being happy with where we are and avoid wishing we were in someone else’s place.

Entering high school, I was afraid of what everyone would think of me. As a result, I began to change who I was to try to fit the person I thought would be liked by everyone else. I compared myself to other girls and wished that my life could be as faultless as theirs seemed to be. However, this led me off the well-worn path when I realized that my relationships with my family and friends had begun slipping. Gradually, however, I realized that unless I accepted who I was, I wasn’t going to be satisfied with whatever I thought was perfect.

Many people have lived their lives in frustration and depression because they once denied themselves their true self-identity. In today’s society, many young people bleach their skin because they want to reach a standard of beauty that our generation has put forward. To them, in order to be beautiful, they must be lighter. However, this is a false standard of beauty because all skin tones are beautiful. Black is beautiful. These young people need to realize that they are blessed with melanin and covering it up is the same as denying the uniqueness that the Creator gave them.

If you don’t respect and value yourself, how do you expect others to love you too? Just like Christ loved us first, let us also love ourselves.

The media plays a huge role in making us uncomfortable in our skin tones. The global beauty industry makes over $18 billion dollars each year from the money we use to buy makeup products to hide our insecurities. What other people think and say about us should not hold us back in life. This constant daily exposure to media has distorted our perception of perfection and as a result, our cries for acceptance have created the rivers of identity we are drowning in.

We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. We must know, however, that our true self-identity is who we are when we let go of all of the labels and judgments that we have placed upon ourselves. Ultimately, no matter where we have come from and who we are, we need to love, treasure, and be content with ourselves because God is the potter and we are the clay. We are the works of his hands and he created us all fearfully and wonderfully.

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