Imagine yourself sitting in a team meeting.
A true sense of self-worth doesn’t come from seeing a doll or a model that looks like you; it comes from overcoming obstacles and pushing yourself to be the best wherever your talents may lie.
Any time you talk yourself out of wearing a piece of clothing, dying your hair, or doing your makeup a certain way because you think it’s just “not you.” The only person stopping you in that scenario is you. Get out of your own way.
It’s wonderful that you’re nice and, of course, you want everyone to feel as good as you do, but it’s time to stop these pesky habits and honor your empowered self
When someone has genuine confidence, it’s something you can feel when s/he walks into the room. I define presence as the feeling-of-being in the here-and-now.
Teach your son to be kind to himself. Teach him to be kind to other people. Teach your son that his body is good for all kinds of things.
Nobody’s perfect after all, but we can always strive to be better versions of ourselves every single day. The most important step here is giving ourselves permission to be who we truly are, making peace with that and loving it, yet still striving to be better as each day comes.
Thematically, I felt like I related to Harry. He wasn’t exactly the coolest kid in school and was blundering his way through a crazy magical world without context (This is not entirely dissimilar to being the child of immigrants attending American elementary school).
Look at me, sweetie.
At the rusty stain of my dress
against the pallid color myself.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Because if you’ve been telling yourself the same mantra for the span of your lifetime then changing that thought pattern is going to be the most difficult thing ever.