As a kid, I dealt with low self-esteem because of how I looked and what I lived with. I found out during high school that I have symptoms of a rare disease called Marfan’s Syndrome. It’s a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 5,000 people. Some of the characteristics describe me to a T. So growing up was a bit rough mentally and emotionally.
I really didn’t get comfortable with myself until senior year of high school. Part of it was my mentor, part of it was growing up. My time at college was key to my growth as well as I took opportunities to explore who I was as a person. Today, I feel as if my confidence level is at 110 percent. I have been very accepting of who I am as a person for a few years now, here are a few things to help aide you if you are going through low self-esteem.
- You matter! I know it sounds cliche but it is true. Being true to yourself goes a longer way than trying to impress a certain person or group of people. Being true to yourself means you aren’t going out of your way to fit into a certain lifestyle, it means that you do what you love to do without any embarrassment or shame about it.
- Find a hobby. Having a hobby eliminates an idle mind. With an idle mind comes doubt and irrational thinking. Finding a hobby stimulates your mind and allows you to become good at whatever that hobby is.
- Serve the community. Getting out and doing community service is something I want to do more of myself. Serving someone less fortunate than you is rewarding, plus it shines a light on your character.
- Appreciate life and have fun. You only get one life, so why not enjoy it to the best of your abilities? Have some fun. Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish in your lifetime and cross them off. For me, flying on a plane was a big thing I wanted to experience and I took that opportunity during the Fourth of July weekend in 2016. It doesn’t have to be big things or expensive things, just sit down and write out all the things you want to do and go do them!
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Peace. Love. Enjoy life.