I will admit now, I never used to love who I am now. I thought I was weird. I thought I didn't look pretty enough. I thought because I love reading and writing, it put me into a group that people made fun of. I used to feel ashamed of who I was. But I no longer am.

Yes, I'm weird. But I'm okay with that. I embrace it because there is no one else quite like me. I am unique. And that is not a bad thing. In fact, it's a good thing. I'd rather be unique and me instead of someone I'm not.

I laugh a lot. I used to think that was a bad thing, that laughing a lot meant I was annoying. Sure, I sometimes still think I'm annoying, but not as much as I used to. I have a loud laugh, too. And many different laughs. I hated my laugh. I thought it sounded weird and I feel embarrassed about that.

I always fall, but let's face it, that will never change. When I'm in my sixties, I bet I will still be falling and laughing. It took me forever to laugh about my falling. Or to laugh at my mistakes, for that matter. I've learned it's better to laugh at your mistakes than to dwell on them.

There are more things that make up my being, but these were just a few. I have come a long way from where I used to be. Not only do I love being myself, but I actually love myself now. I'll dance when there's no one watching. I'll make a fool out of myself and laugh about it literally seconds later. I will smile all day, every day.

People used to question why I'm always happy. They used to tell me that my being happy was annoying and needed to stop. If I had listened to them, then I would not be who I am today. Loving who you are isn't just being content with who you are. It's also taking action in who you are.

I won't hide my laugh. I won't hide my smile. I'll be the first one to point out the mistake I made. I'll be who I am and I'll embrace it. I'll be proud of it. This crown I'm wearing will no longer fall because I now feel as if I deserve to wear it. It may have taken me a while to get to this point, but I'm glad I did. And I hope you, reader, do too.

You're loved and worth so much. You're precious. Love yourself. Be yourself. Embrace yourself. :)