Here in the twenty-first century, there are many things that plague the way we look at ourselves. As teenagers, we are very involved in the media, causing us to constantly have the worlds views packed into our brains. Because of this, we, the teens, tend to have more insecurities than we can count. We are constantly being told that we aren't good enough, pretty enough, rich enough, skinny enough, smart enough, etc. The world seems to hold a view of how each and every one of us should be, and if we don't fall into that mold, we are told that something is wrong with us. But here's a funny thought: No one fits into that mold. We are all unique. No two of us are alike, and there is nothing wrong with us.
Insecurities are a part of life. Yes, we are all going to have them, but that doesn't mean we can't still be confident. Just because we aren't who the world wants us to be doesn't mean that we aren't amazing. I guess what I'm trying to say is that each of us is unique, and I hate to see fellow teens put on a mask and pretend to be something they aren't just because they don't fit into the mold. Because sometimes, we try so hard to fit in that we end up hiding everything that makes us who we are. We're so good at this, that what we don't realize is we are hiding things about ourselves not only from others, but from us. We make a mask to show the world and filter what comes through that mask. We get hurt and just shove the hurt into a jar and close the lid. All of our insecurities are pushed deep into the dark corners where we won't find them often. We're so intent on fitting in that we all end up looking alike. We crop out the parts of ourselves that we don't enjoy and over exaggerate the parts we do. The world's views tells us that we are never good enough, and for some dumb reason, we always believe them. So we try harder to be someone else. We continually compare ourselves with others and come up with lies. "She's prettier than me...He's better and stronger than me...I'll never be as good as them." And all this, only makes it harder to be confident in who we are without a mask, without trying to fit it. It makes it harder to be confident with who we are when no one else is around because that is the person we are hiding.
Maybe not all people are like this, but quite a few are. So what I want to know is what would the world be like if everyone stopped pretending. What if being yourself was the new fad?
"Anyone can show up when you're happy. But the ones who stay by your side when your heart falls apart, they are your true friends."
I am Samantha, and my goal for this blog is to basically share my experiences as a teenager. Basically, I am a teen. I have many hopes and dreams, many fears and insecurities that I let hold me back. There is so much that goes on in my life. Sometimes it is a struggle, and that is what this blog is about.