For those of you that feel broken, damaged, different, ugly, fat, dumb, wrong, and worthless. This post is for you. You are none of those things. You are you and that is a beautiful thing.
Be you. It doesn't matter what other people think. They don't know you. Their ideas and opinions don't matter.
Be you. You are magnificent. You are an original. You are perfectly irreplaceable. No one else can be you. No one else can take your place.
Be you. Be strong and brave and different.
Be you. Hold your head up high. Hold your back straight. Look others in the eye when you talk to them because you re just as important and as valuable as they are. You are just as worthy. You are just as important. You matter in this life.
Be you. Because the world is full of people that look like cookie cutter cut outs, that follow everyone else, that lack the ability to understand that what makes life unique and beautiful is not the sameness of the world but rather it's differences.
Be you. Because if you don't who will?
What makes snowflakes so intriguing is that not one is the same. What makes gardens beautiful is that each flower petal is unique. What makes the eyes the windows to the world is that no two people share exactly the same eye pattern. We are all unique and different even if we try and pretend that we are not.
Stop pretending. Be you.
Learn to accept that you are who you are and that is perfectly okay. It's even better than okay, it is great. Life is hard and it shouldn't be made harder because we loath ourselves because we are different. We are supposed to be different. We are made that way.
I know that we listen to the negative voice in our heads that says we can't, we won't, we aren't. That voice is wrong. That voice is a poisonous lie that keeps us down and makes us afraid to be who we are.
I am a woman. I am a mother and wife. I am a blogger and an avid reader. I am a person that lives with mental illness. I am different and strange and unique and beautiful all at the same time. Not because of the way I look but because deep down I believe that I matter, that I am worthy, and that my oddness makes me that way. It makes me exactly what I am supposed to be.
Some may not see me that way and that is okay. It's their loss. Some may not understand me and that is okay too. It is not my place to correct them. It is my place to tell you that you are just as worthy, valuable, magnificent, strong, and as beautiful as I am.
We are different. That is something to be proud of. That is something to treasure. No one ever remembers the person that acted like, dressed like, or pretended to be just like everyone else; but they all remember the person that shunned the ideals that being the same is the same as perfection. There is no perfection only perfectly you.
So be yourself...unless you can be Batman. Then still be you, because this world is full of people dressed in cheap superhero costumes acting like asshats and trying to be like everyone else under the guise of being special. You are already special. You don't need a poorly made Halloween costume to prove it.