- High School is hard and sometimes it just needs to be endured- feel good knowing that you are getting through someone which requires a lot of courage on a daily, hourly basis.
- You are beautiful because you are you.
- Find that one friend who you can share your stresses with. All you need is one person. 500 Facebook friends and their ‘likes’ will not provide you with the validation and love that one friend can give you.
- Know that if you aren’t feeling great in your skin, it is OK. But rather than focusing on the fact that you may not look like the supermodel of the week (in part, because she is a Photoshopped robot), take time to appreciate what your body can do and what that feels like. What does it feel like to have strong legs, to have arms that give great hugs, to have warmth and grace that spills out from your heart onto your glowing face? It’s only when I shifted my perspective to think like this that I began to feel good in my skin.
So while you may not see yourself reflected back in magazines, in music videos or any other media platform, you have great worth that extends beyond this superficial world. I hope you enjoy your year and surround yourself with people that make you feel good, even if that ends up being one person. Trust me, that one person’s awesomeness will get you through the crazy obstacle course that is highschool!