"I am who I am."
How I did it: I don't think I'll ever be 100% content with who I am-- I will always work to better my character and qualities. But I've realized that I don't need everyone's approval to know that I am basically a good person. I've been too hard on myself. There are so many people who love me, just because a certain person doesn't at one time or another doesn't mean that I'm any less valuable as a person. People change-- some grow, some branch out and go in a different direction. Just because someone whose opinion you used to value highly doesn't accept you any more doesn't mean you shouldn't still accept yourself. I attached a picture I took of myself where I don't have any makeup, but I am happy and confident anyway.
Lessons & tips: Focus on your positive qualities. Everyone has them. Yes everyone has negative qualities too, but dwelling on these insecurities only leads to self-pity. And some of these "negative" qualities may actually be positive if looked at by someone else or in another light. If everyone was the same without any imperfections, the world would be a seriously dull place.
Resources: A hell of a lot of people have helped me. C, N, L, J, L, A, my parents, counselors, extended family.
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