Growing up, I was incredibly insecure about myself. Other girls were prettier, skinnier, had healthier skin, longer hair, designer clothes — I just didn’t measure up. Sometimes I still feel that way as an adult. It’s hard being a girl in our society, nonetheless.
Despite our insecurities, there is at least one thing that everyone loves about themselves. It could be a part of your body, your personality, your genetics, your ambitions, etc. Over time, it may even change.
For a portion of my life, I loved my facial features — lips, freckles, eyes, face shape, etc. Although that hasn’t changed too much, my favorite part of myself has definitely changed to something that I consider to be more valuable — my heart.
I’ve always been an extremely kind, caring, thoughtful, giving, wear-my-heart-on-my-sleeve kind of person. Going out of my way for friends and family has never been anything short of second nature for me. Caring for and having empathy for complete strangers is all I’ve ever known.
Most of my early adult life was spent in the healthcare field, and it was something I truly loved. As a CNA, you spend countless hours on your feet doing things for others who cannot do for themselves, and even though it was incredibly difficult and stressful at times, it was incredibly rewarding for my heart and soul. The bonds that you create with others is unlike anything you could imagine.
Although I believe that my heart was meant for the healthcare field, I’m currently in the trucking industry, and absolutely adore the company that I work for. With that said, I do miss healthcare and the relationships I had with my clients/patients.
Having a compassionate, oversized heart can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. There are so many benefits to being empathetic and understanding of everyone’s issues. However, with that, I always seemed to care more about my relationships with friends/family than they seemed to. I put so much of myself into each one, and don’t always get the same in return. You cannot force others to care for you the way that you care for them. It can be emotionally difficult and discouraging at times, but I love that I never changed or gave up on who I was.
What is your favorite part of who you are? Even if you’re insecure about something, find and focus on something that you love about yourself. Do not dwell on what you’re unhappy with because that can always change, but instead find what you love and emphasize it. Love yourself for who and what you are.
Day 18 coming soon.