When you hear how other ladies have overcome their issues , it will make you feel better. If the following people could get on the road to feeling good about themselves, so can you! Self-esteem stories are important... try to listen to at least 3 of these, I guarantee you, you'll find at least 1 thing in common with the following people.
If you looked at someone like Jada Collins, it might be easy to believe that she would never struggle with low self-esteem because she is pretty. However you'd be wrong. Listen to her story below and find out how this now supermodel struggled with her self-image and later found her true source of worth!
I want to dedicate my story to all the young girls out there struggling with their self-esteem.
When I was in middle school I used to get teased a lot about my face because I had really bad acne. And when I got to high school the teasing continued. There was a guy at my school named Adrian who verbally abused me every chance he got. He and I took Health and PE together and sometimes he would tease me in front of the entire class. He teased me during lunch too. Adrian bullied me about my weight, my acne, and called me any insulting name he could think of….things like "ugly fat b**ch.
One day after school Adrian followed me home and started verbally abusing me again. As soon as I got home I started crying. My mom came home and asked me what happened, and I told her. She told me that I needed to do something about the teasing.
I decided to file a formal complain against Adrian at my school. He got sent to the Dean’s office and was forced to apologize to me. The dean wanted to suspend Adrian for the rest of the school year. I told the Dean that suspending Adrian wasn’t necessary, I just wanted him to leave me alone and stop teasing me.’’
I had low self-esteem and insecurity issues about my weight. I felt that I wasn’t pretty enough and no guy would ever want to talk to a fat, ugly, girl like me. I was so surprised that a few guys even liked me in high school. I kept everything inside and never showed my emotions to my friends or anyone. Being depressed, I would come home and cry myself to sleep a lot.
Even though Adrian did finally leave me alone, it didn’t change the fact that he had really hurt me emotionally and mentally. Because of the things he said, I felt Adrian had taken away all my self-respect, dignity, and my pride. Whenever a guy gave me a compliment I wasn’t sure if he really meant it or if he was just saying it as a joke. It took me up to my senior year of high school to get my self-esteem back after what Adrian did to me.
As I got older, I have learned that whenever a person teases another person, it’s because they don’t like themselves so they are trying to feel better by bring someone else down. What they don’t realize is that they are hurting themselves more than they are hurting another person’s feelings. I have learned that I can’t please everyone and I have to please myself.
My mom and sister had always told me that I was not ugly. They told me that I was a pretty girl, to just be who I am, and always keep GOD in my heart. Now that I am older I finally realized what they were telling me is true. I have forgiven Adrian for what he did to me in high school. I finally realize that I am a beautiful woman inside and out. I am strong and I accept myself for who I am. I have put the past behind me and I am moving on with my life.
If you’re a younger girl reading this, here is my advice to you. Always love yourself, just be who you are, always keep GOD in your heart and never let anyone take your self respect away from you.
Student body president. The funny, outgoing, popular girl. The one everybody knows. In secret - the drinker, the cutter. In this story, Falon describe the battle she had with outward achievement and success and inner turmoil. But with God, she has found true healing. Whether you're in high school, college, or have graduated long ago, this m This self esteem story is really close to my heart, take a listen.
By Kiosha Gregg
...It took years for me to feel safe outside of my mother’s arms. It took years for me to feel comfortable in my own skin. I never felt as pretty as lighter girls. I assumed guys would think they were more attractive.
I was hesitant to believe anyone when they said I was pretty. I always thought there was some underlying meaning, like “You’re pretty for a dark-skinned girl.”
One day, during my senior year of high school, for what reason I cannot explain, I looked in the mirror and I smiled. I suppose I was tired of allowing people to dictate my life. I was tired of hating myself because one boy in the 8th grade said that he didn’t like me.
I looked at my eyes, my nose, my lips, and my skin and I smiled. I smiled at the woman before me. I looked at the mirror and for the first time, I loved the person staring back at me.
This is just a brief summary, to check out Kiosha's personal blog and read the rest of her story, click HERE
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