"I don't like my body, I don't like my face, I don't like my personality. How can I love myself?"

That's something I used to ask myself every day. I didn't love myself, but I always wanted to and about a year ago, I finally found my way to self-love.

Since I was a little girl, I was always so afraid of what other people would think about me. I was afraid of being myself because I knew they would judge me for who I am. They didn't like me, so I didn't like myself either. I was hiding my personality from the world because I was afraid of judging and I hated myself for that, but it was the only way for me.

Now you may think how stupid I was and I don't blame you because I think it too. I was living this way for years and then, one day, I finally decided to make a change.

The summer was almost over and school was about to start in a few days when I realized that the problem wasn't in me but in the people around me, mostly at school. What helped me realized it was actually the time I've spent without them. I wasn't in contact with anyone from my school for the whole summer and I was happy. So I decided to do something with it. I've told my dad I don't want to go back ever again and with that, on September 1st I started ninth grade at new school.

This may seem like nothing, but it was my first and the biggest step on the way to self-love. My whole life changed that day. I met a lot of new and amazing people who liked me and enjoyed my company every day. I didn't have to hide my true self and I also have to say that my personality changed through the year. I became a better person, happier person. Migraines that I used to have when I was unhappy and stressed out went away and I also lost a little weight and I started working out more. I became healthier and fit. Which leads me to the fact that I finally started to love my body.

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Right now, as I am writing this article, I can say that I love myself. I love my new personality, I love the person I have become, I love my body and I am happy.

The reason why I wrote this is that I want to help others to love themselves. You never know what little thing can change your life for the better. If you don't like yourself, If you don't like the way you live and you are not happy, then change it.

self-love is the best kind of love and you shouldn't doubt a thing about that.
— r. m. drake

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You can also let me know, what should I write about next time. Should it be about how dancing makes I feel free, or about school, or my country, or more about me? Let me know :)

And also, you may figure out that English is not my birth language, I don't even live in an English speaking country, but English is my big hobby, I love it, but I'm still learning, so please excuse any mistakes in grammar and stuff...

Thanks again!

xx Veronika :)