A lesson in self-worth

I would like to say that I am content with my current position in life, but it took a lot of time and effort to weed through those insecurities for me to say that.

If there is one lesson that my early twenties taught me, it’s self-worth and what it truly means. I spent a lot of time getting looked down upon for still being in college and working towards my associates, while also working in food service and living at home. I also spent a lot of time letting what others had to say get to me, but eventually I realized enough was enough.

Another lesson that came along with self-worth was realizing that no one could make me feel bad about myself unless I gave them the power to do so. The more I realized that, the more I realized I was lent that power to people who never deserved it in the first place.

Though many changes needed to be made to escape that toxicity, what prompted it was knowing I didn’t want to spend anymore time allowing society and my peers to treat me badly or make me feel bad about myself. You shouldn’t let anyone else do the same to you either.

Self-worth isn’t something that can be taught, it’s just something you eventually need to realize for yourself. Letting people talk down on you will only hinder your growth, and it’s not fair to give another person that much power.

You have the power to be whoever you want to be, unapologetically. The same goes for your current position in life. You don’t need to offer anyone an explanation as to what your goals are, so long as you stay true to yourself and follow your dreams for as long as you see fit.

We’re all powerful people, and it’s time to hone that strength and be ourselves without letting the input of others hurt our potential in the long run.