By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular Contributor
Raise your hands if you’ve ever compared yourself to someone else.
Raise your hands if you’ve ever scrolled through someone else’s Instagram feed, wishing that you could have a life like theirs.
Raise your hands if you’ve ever scrutinized a photo of yourself so closely that you began to pick out flaws that weren’t even there.
Somehow, I’m guessing that all of you raised your hands to at least one of those, or, if you’re like me, all of them. I know that all of us have felt inadequate at the hands of ourselves, choosing to compare our battles and our scars to other people. Why aren’t we kinder to ourselves? When did we stop playing outside all day with tangles in our hair and mud stains on our shorts and start sitting on the sidelines because we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves?
Every single one of us has gone through something to make us who we are. Every single one of us has felt pain, heartbreak, and sadness. Every single one of us has also felt happiness and laughter. We all have things that make us ourselves, whether it is the way we laugh or the way our eyes light up at something funny. We all have lives that can’t be replaced or replicated- so why are we trying to replicate others?
I vote that we stop this madness. I vote that we stop tearing ourselves down, and start building ourselves up. I vote that when we are scrutinizing ourselves in the mirror, we say 5 positive things for every negative thing. I vote that we stop focusing on the way our bangs fell today and start focusing on the goodness in our hearts. I vote we stop trying to appear perfect and embrace the messiness that makes us… us.
Who’s with me? Let’s do it.
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Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. When she’s not writing papers or baking cookies, you can find her Googling random things on the Internet or watching large amounts of reality television. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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