I posted this on tumblr, but I'm going to put it here too.

It's said a lot that everyone is beautiful, regardless of size or any other "imperfection' people seem to find. It's so hard to look at yourself in the mirror without pointing out a flaw; the pudge on your tummy, the love handles because of the way your hips look, that back fold that makes you look chunky, the wrinkles on your legs that make you feel fat, your height, your weight, your acne, your hair, your nose, and so many other things.

What will it take for us to feel beautiful? How do we lessen our struggling self confidence and feeling of worthlessness?

I want this to be the year of positivity. For me and all my friends. By the end of this year I want to love myself, maybe not completely, but I need to appreciate my body.

I have acne, but once people know my personality, it's so nice that they seem to overlook that. I don't have that perfect oval shaped face with the jawline and no fat underneath my chin. I have a double chin when I look down or slouch. I also have chubby cheeks. But I can't change that! I've tried working out and losing weight. They always remain.

I've started looking at myself in the mirror. Every part of me. Naked or not. And saying "I love this. I love me. I am beautiful'. Because I am. We all are. I need to love myself. We need to love ourselves.

I want this to be the year of positivity. We are all unique and there is not one definition of beautiful.

I don't care if this is sappy or lame.