Letting go of the stigma of growing up in a world so obsessed with the media can be so refreshing. We find ourselves lusting over things we can't have, wishing we looked like someone else and that we lived the "perfect life" we see so many influencers living. But that's just not the truth, is it? You don't need to have designer handbags and a perfect Pinterest ready apartment to be happy. You don't see the insecurities that even the most beautiful people in the world have, and you don't see the life that's being lead in-between each Instagram post. As soon as you let go, as soon as you are unapologetically you, that's when you'll find happiness.
I've spent a lifetime trying to figure out where I belong in this world, thinking I've got to fit into a stereotype, act a certain way and form opinions on topics I don't fully understand. It's only within the last year or so that I feel like I've really found myself; I can laugh and act like a goon without being worried about what people might think of me. I can dress how I want to and not feel like I've got to apologize or make up excuses. The music I listen to is something I'm proud of. Yes, I still love all the bands I was bullied throughout high school for listening to, and no, I don't care if you don't like them or think I'm "weird". I'm not the smartest, but I try, and I have a shit-ton of common sense that I'm confident will see me through just about any situation. I'm not getting the best grades at university, and yes, I've considered dropping out more times than I can count, but I'm in a fantastic full-time job too that has a lot of potential for me in the future.
I'm slightly OCD and have a real issue with letting people get close. I have trust issues and a fear that everyone around me is going to either leave me or die. Yeah, I guess I'm kinda fucked up in that respect but aren't we all? We all have hangups. Erratic fears. We all have days we can't face anyone and just want to curl up in bed and cry. And I guess that's okay.
It's time we start taking control over our own lives. We're in charge of our destiny and okay, we can't change what people think about us, but we can change how we let that affect us. Be bold. Be confident. Live the life you want and make the decisions you're proud of. Get your heart broken. Stand up for what you believe in. Love yourself. Be you and never say sorry for that.