Everyone has insecurities. Almost everyone has felt self-conscious at some point, tried to change something about themselves for the sake of others, or hidden their interests out of fear they would be judged.
In high school, it can be especially difficult to overcome such insecurities. Sometimes our environment can perpetuate them with negative reactions and confining standards.
In and out of class there’s always something to dwell on, whether it be how you perform on a test compared to other students, or if you’re afraid you won’t fit into a certain social group.
Sometimes the insecurities can become less surface and more damaging to our core. We may not always realize it, but a lot of the time it is no one but us who tears our confidence to shreds.
However, we absolutely have the capability to take control. Although it’s easier said than done, we don’t have to give in to our vulnerabilities. Doing what we want and listening to our hearts and not our minds can be incredibly freeing.
Taking a chance and accepting little quirks you have here and there can be a good start. Positive affirmations directed toward yourself is also essential.
We have to steer ourselves away from nitpicking our own actions and degrading our self-image. Uniqueness brings us together, it makes us interesting and able to contribute to new things.
We’ll never reach our full potential if we’re constantly trying to be someone we’re not.
Macy How is a grade 12 student at Brooks Secondary School in Powell River.