As you get ready for school, you will find yourself looking in the mirror to make sure you look good for the first day. That is completely understandable. You want to make a good impression and look like you have things together.
Can I challenge and encourage you today?
I’m not saying show up to school not feeling good about yourself, in fact, it’s the complete opposite. I want you to feel good about YOU!
The struggle we face on many first days of anything is getting caught in the comparison trap. We start to look at other people and measuring ourselves up against who they are, what they are wearing, and/or what they have accomplished.
As I was writing this, I saw a commercial that declared, “You need to make sure your gear is on point, especially if you want to look good on Instagram.” This is what you are facing. I get it. You need to look good. The truth is, the reason why you want to look good on the first day, is because you don’t want to be the lowest comparison.
Again, I want you to feel good about YOU!
You need to hear this: no matter how good you look, how happy you seem, or what filter you put on, there will always be someone who has a better look, filter, or happy experience.
This is why I want you to feel good about YOU! When you feel good about you, you don’t compare yourself in a negative way. You find joy in others accomplishments and style because you find joy in your own.
You are enough. It doesn’t matter what you look like or have accomplished. What really matters, is how you treat yourself and others.
Don’t hide behind a filter. Be you. Don’t hide behind make-up, but let your face shine. Be real. Be you.
Don’t allow your peers to determine your identity or shape your self-image. You are beautifully and wonderfully made, and I hope you can walk in that today.
Start school well, but not because you look good, but because you feel good…about YOU!
Welcome back to school! Be safe! Be well!