I’m sure we’ve all had those days where we feel insecure about the way we look. I know I have definitely had people look at me like I’m crazy from time to time, and there are days that I’m no stranger to the weird looks/whispers over the way I wear my makeup or the outfit I’m wearing. And you know what? That’s okay. Because one day I woke up and realized that it didn’t matter what the rest of the world thought of me, because I liked me. I liked the way I looked, I liked my personality, and I knew that I was finally being true to myself.
I used to worry so much about what others thought of me that I lived my life in constant fear. Constant fear that I wasn’t going to be liked, that what I was wearing wasn’t good enough, or that what I was saying would be scrutinized. But I quickly realized that living a life like that was exhausting. I didn’t want to live my life for others, but instead I wanted to simply be myself.
Ever since I was young, I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum on the inside, but it took me awhile to realize that it was okay to show my true colors on the outside, and that I didn’t need anyone else’s approval. The title of this post is the lyrics to one of my favorite songs at the moment by Dan & Shay. The words resonated so deeply with me when I first heard it and the song is a reminder that every single person in this world is different from one another. We all may share certain similarities, likes, and dislikes, but at the end of the day there is only one you and me.
So why not be the best you that you can possibly be? Why not show the world the real you and not the edited version? What I mean is don’t spend your entire life coloring inside the lines if you were born to blast spray paint all around. Don’t live your life in fear, worrying about what others think, and failing to show your true colors. Because if you love yourself, at the end of the day that is all that really matters.
So wear that hat that other people think looks silly, or dye your hair a shade of purple if it makes you feel good. Because if you feel beautiful, then you are beautiful. If I can promise you one thing it is that there is no one else in the world exactly like you, and that my friends is beautiful. So shine bright, sparkle more, and be you. – Cara
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Cara I absolutely love this quote and whenever I visit your blog I simply love your sense of style. I think I need to take a bit of this advice myself and be happy with who I am – so thanks for this xx
Aw, your comment made my day! Thanks Laura!
Love this post Cara! If people can learn that lesson they would be so much happier. It is exhausting trying to be something you aren’t. Love me some Dan and Shay too.
Thanks! I agree 100%! They have some really great songs! 🙂
The song is very sweet:) Such a good reminder to do your thing and accept others who are just doing their own thing.
I agree. We need to build each other up, not tear each other down. Thanks for stopping by!
Such a great reminder! I coach girls volleyball and I see young girls struggle with this at such a young age as well as adults. It’s always good to give positive reinforcement!
That’s great advice, Rachel. Thanks for stopping by!
Most importantly is to love yourself! I struggled with insecurity for a long time, but reading posts such as this one has helped me a lot! Thank you for sharing and spreading the love!
I agree that is key! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
New to the blog and love it 🙂 what a great post to end my week with!
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Thanks Jessica! Glad you’re here 🙂
I love this post! It is definitely something that I struggle with. Thanks for the encouragement and for sharing!
Thank-you! That is what brings me joy is helping encourage others 🙂
Wonderful post, lady! Why be anything but you?!
Thank-you! I agree 🙂
I love this message! It took me 25 years to be comfortable in my own skin, and that I am, I do what I want:)
Thanks! That is wonderful!
With being in the blogging world it can be so hard to not compare and think you aren’t good enough. BUT you are!
Thanks Lindsey! 🙂
Yes! Yes! And Yes!!!!! First of all, I love that song!!!! And secondly just yes to everything you said! You gotta love yourself and be happy with yourself. Life is too short to worry about everyone elses opinion!
I can’t stop listening to it here lately, I love their voices to begin with but the song is so good! & I agree life is definitely too short to worry about what everyone else thinks.
Thanks for sharing this song, what an awesome message! It took me a long time to feel comfortable in my own skin as well, and I love posts like this that are a great reminder! Awesome post Cara, I hope you are having a fabulous week! XO -Kim
Thank-you! You too, Kim! 🙂
I LOVE that Dan and Shay song. Such a great one and a great message!
Me too and I agree!
I love this! Being a people pleaser is something I’ve struggled with forever. I do find it getting easier to ‘be me’ as I get older and more confident in my interests and beliefs!
Thanks!I agree, it definitely has become easier for me to be more confident as I’ve gotten older and high school was hard.
Amen. And taking it past your appearance and what you do with it, really say what you think and be who you are! One of my favorite quotes is be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Ahh, I love that Dr. Seuss quote! Completely agree!
LOVE this! Definitely something I struggle with on almost a daily basis. Love the idea of following the beat of your own drum which is my favorite!
Thank-you! It’s definitely not easy, but I’ve found life is so much more enjoyable when you aren’t as worried about pleasing everyone else.