Rather than an egotistical, self-centered, narcissistic mindset, self-love is the desired regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. Through my journey of both setting and achieving some of my fitness and academic goals, as well as developing from an adolescent to a soon-to-be 21-year old feeling confident in my own skin has become vitally important.
(Although I will be touching on the realm of self-love for females, it is equally important for males and they face many of the same challenges)
Over my (short) lifespan, I have grown to grasp the importance of feeling comfortable in my own skin, at whatever height, weight, skin or hair color I might have. I am a strong believer that there is not one, two or three ideal body types and that society has far too strong of a push in one direction or another. From a young age girls are faced with media swarming them with images of tall, skinny girls that have been photoshopped to perfection.
As a result, girls begin to feel insecure and uncertain about themselves. With confidence, I am convinced that girls should be proud of their bodies and their appearance and the personal comparison with others is the most detrimental thing that one could do. There is no definition or formula for beauty and each and every one of us is beautiful in our own unique way.