Highschool graduation vs now. I was 18 in the picture on the right.... probably two kgs heavier than I am now but I always thought I was fat because I would look at myself through the eyes of the people around me. People that didn't know any better than I did at the time. I took it so for granted back then, and I only realize now. Now that I look back, I see this perfect girl that should've realized so back then. I was a happy kid, but like most kids these days felt this unnecessary pressure to be perfect by the standards set by others, and standards I set for myself based on what I perceived as being perfect about the others. I wish more kids would realize how perfect they are for being themselves, and if they chase standards set by others, they'll just forever go on looking for something they can't achieve. If we go on comparing ourselves to others, we'll forever be chasing every time we meet someone new and their perfections. There's no end, it's a vicious cycle. Today I realize how I've grown up as a person too - I SET MY OWN STANDARDS, based on what brings about happiness to me. Today I also realize it's a journey and there is no point being too hard on myself, after all no one is gonna love me like I do. I still do have days where I say out loud "I've become too tiny, or I've gained a bit", but I only say these things out loud to set my very own goals and for no one else, and definitely not because I'm comparing myself to someone else. If I do not achieve them now I realize I'm still going to be perfect. I know more than ever I can be my own critic but not my very own bully! Course this doesn't mean I regret the journey I've been through, if anything I've been grateful. My journey meant making mistakes only to learn and know myself a lot better. I keep saying this, but I am grateful for her, or else I wouldn't be me today.
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