#17 - today, don't compare yourself with others. there are always going to be people who are prettier, skinnier, or more talented than you in this life. you are here to become the best you that you can be. God didn't send you here to be as talented as Debbie or have perfect hair like Sandra. He sent you here so that you could grow and become a more amazing you. and the only way we can become better than we ever hoped to be is through our Heavenly Father. look at yourself. whenever i look in the mirror i think "i look so tired" or "my hair is messed up" or "ah! a zit!" i want to look in the mirror and love who i am. it's hard when you see the magazines and commercials with girls who are perfect. but here's a secret: they aren't real! they are so airbrushed their own mother wouldn't recognize them. you are so beautiful. Just look at yourself and realize the complete miracle that you are! feel your heart beat and your chest expand when you breathe. it's amazing! your fingers that move without even thinking. smile at yourself. you are so beautiful. why would you want to be anyone else? we get so focused on comparing ourselves with others, wishing for their approval. it wears us down and makes us sad. we should focus on wishing for our own approval. do you love yourself? not in the self-centered way, but in the way that you're happy to be you and happy to be alive everyday. no one is truly happy until they accept themselves. forget social norms and being accepted at school. do you accept yourself? Love you.
so it went pretty well... i kept on noticing how much i actually do that! i didn't realize... life isn't a competition. most of my friends are just gorgeous or extremely funny and well-liked. i'm so tired of being hard on myself and not thinking i'm enough. i threw on some sweats and my hair up in a ponytail. it felt so good :) i just felt content. i hope you all had a similar experience. girls in this world feel down on themselves. it's sad. i hope that everyone can begin to look at themselves the way they truly are. :)