Resilience, surely you have heard the word before? But what does it really mean for you?
Staying strong and persevering through tough times can be hard. As teens we can let little things easily get to us and let it stop us from doing the things we want to do.
Take social media for example. It can be an amazing platform to get yourself out there and express your true self. A place to be inspired and motivated to become the person you’ve always wanted to be. But it can also be physically and mentally draining at times. Scrolling for hours on end, comparing ourselves to picture perfect models and barbie bodies, we convince ourselves we can’t obtain. Amazing dancers and singers, who never miss a beat and can hit every note, with a spotless camera and set up.
How do we overcome these overwhelming feelings of self-doubt and be proud of the content we create?
I have found that taking some down time to reflect and work on my own self worth has helped me build a stronger resilience and understanding of what makes me different to other people and why I should be proud of who I am. Realising that it is okay to go at my own pace and to find ways to motivate myself to produce content that expresses my true authentic self.
And I am still learning. Little things still get to me and they always will. I now understand that it is normal to criticise and doubt yourself, but to use my criticism in a way that helps me showcase the best version of myself and makes me into a better person as well.
No is perfect and everyone is different in their own unique way. Own your quirks. Step out of your comfort zone. And don’t let your negative thoughts get the best of you, because anyone can be resilient, including YOU.
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
- Winston S. Churchill