Lots of people and organizations declare certain days, weeks, months, and years to be dedicated to a lot of things. For instance, Gold’s Gym apparently declared July ‘Cankles Awareness Month.’ Charming. But some of us aren’t going to let some random gym make us all panicky and over concerned about the state of our ankles.
In response, Imagine Today has declared August ‘Self-Esteem Awareness Month.’ This is a concept I can get behind. I’m absolutely in favor of all of us making a real effort to feel good about ourselves. When we like ourselves, we hold ourselves a little more confidently, we have more room to see the good in others, we become more comfortable in our own skins…we find more and better ways of sharing our superfantasticness with the world.
Oh yes, my friends, each and every one of you is superfantastic. Some of you sing, some of you dance, some of you write poetry, some of you tutor kids, some of you are wonderful cooks, some of you are great at sports, some of you have keen scientific minds, and some of you are good at counseling those in need of emotional support. All of these skills and dozens more make the world a better place to live in. The biggest stumbling block to happiness – or at least contentment – many of us face is the assumption that what we do and who we are is lacking in worth.
Add to normal human confusion the general miasma of disapproval that follows us due to the size labels in our clothes (or the color of our skin, outward signs of misunderstood religions we follow, obvious signs of physical challenge, etc.) and it’s easy to assume that we’re better off just shuffling ourselves under a rock to live out our days in hiding. We aren’t better off that way. We owe it to ourselves to live out loud, to share our talents and unique voices with the world.
The first exercise laid out for Self-Esteem Awareness Month struck me as particularly important for a lot of us. Yes, it’s yesterday’s exercise, but let’s give it a go:
August 1st – Lets start this all of with a simple exercise that has been suggested on this blog before; write a list of at least five things about yourself that you love and tuck that list away somewhere for the next time you’re feeling down. I tend to make a new list/add to an old one every week or so – its a really quick & easy self-esteem boost.
So here’s my list of the moment:
1: I love that I am an excellent cook. It feels good to feed people well, including myself.
2: I love that I can make people laugh easily.
3: I love that I have a quick wit in conversation. People may groan at the puns, but they’re rarely bored talking to me.
4: I love that I have a quirky and entirely personal sense of style, and that I have always been unafraid to follow it.
5: I love that cats and small children instinctively trust me.
So what about all of you? What do you love about you? Share it here, or tuck it away quietly in a drawer, but think about it today. You’ll be glad you did.