Updated: Aug 4
Everyone has insecurities.
At least that’s what I believe.
Insecurities are nasty things that we shouldn’t have for we were made perfect for our role given by God but this world has managed to infiltrate our minds and convince that there is something wrong with us.
They have come up with weird definitions that are out of context yet we praise them like nothing else.
We have social media constantly feeding our minds that we need more likes, shares and followers to be someone significant and if we flop to achieve a certain amount of those needs, we are a disgrace.
We worry about things that have no significance in our lives at all.
We worry if we are good enough for others.
We worry about our appearance and social status too much.
We even worry about people not liking us for being ourselves. That’s just stupid and it needs to stop.
Sometimes it does, though…
Sometimes you have managed to lock those insecurities and learn to love yourself more BUT then it comes that person or those people who just poke it out of you and you are back to feeling insecure and like a failure.
This has happened to me countless times. I believe that I have buried many of my insecurities and can now live while loving myself more every day, even when I’m feeling all gloomy and whatnot.
However, even when my insecurities are locked under seven keys, there are times when someone just manages to poke them out and bring me down, make me feel too exposed and like prey.
However, those moments don’t last long for I slay those insecurities down before they bring me down and you can do the same by following these tips:
Recognise that everyone has imperfections
We were born imperfect and we will die imperfect, that’s the tea.
Perfection was only achieved by a single human and that human was Jesus Christ. other than Him there is no human being who is perfect so stop trying to be so.
I have a scar on my forehead, one that has been a huge cause of insecurity in my life and has made me feel less beautiful than I am.
There was a time when I would look in the mirror and feel like a disgrace but now, now I don’t really give a damn about it because I believe everyone has scars, whether apparent ones or not, physical or emotionally, we all have them.
I have a scar, you might have a burn, a horrible past, a beauty mark, a chronic disease, poor social skills, mental disorder, etc but we all must remember that those don’t make us any less beautiful or human and they shouldn’t bring us down.
Everyone has at least one imperfection and that’s alright.
Learn how to deal with criticism
Some of us were don’t really know how to deal with criticism, especially negative ones.
Perhaps you are a victim of past criticism, those bullied moments or harsh words from those who you love have scarred you and now you are like this, insecure.
Lemme tell you about how I felt bullied because of Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tied and described by Wikipedia also as a congenital oral anomaly that may decrease my ability of the tongue tip and is caused by an unusually short, thick lingual frenulum, a membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
Basically speaking, my tongue clings more to the floor of my mouth than others and that’s why I have difficulties pronouncing letters like ‘R’ that requires me to roll my tongue in a certain way. It hurts also hurts pretty bad when I try to fold my tongue.
Anyways, I was bullied for not being able to pronounce certain words properly and it was even worse when I needed to pronounce my last name, Rungo.
It started when I was a toddler and it grew with me that I was a joke because of that. That said, I began to avoid talking to strangers because I always felt like people would laugh at me.
Then came a time when I couldn’t handle it anymore and cried - a lot - and my mum comforted me and told me that, whatever I would do and however great of a person I could be, people would always say something about me, there would always be someone out there trying to bring me down. It was up to me to let them or not.
Boy, oh, boy did I grow a lot after that heartfelt and empowered speech.
Now people say that I speak a lot, and I kinda do.
Still, some people, even close ones like friends and family members, make fun of how I pronounce certain things and it may or may not sting — usually does — but I decide to forgive them and move on with my amazing life.
People criticised me, horribly, for how I spoke and sometimes, they are projecting their own insecurities on you (maybe they feel better like that) and you have to recognise that it has nothing to do with you — you are amazing — forgive them and move on with your amazing life.
Practice self-approval and self-love
God loves everyone, and last time I checked, that includes you.
The question is, do you love yourself or do you crave other people’s love?
Do you approve of who you are or do you go out and about looking for approvals?
Are you constantly shifting from the person you truly are to someone you believe others will approve or are you always fighting to be your best version and loving yourself more?
It’s a waste of time and energy to go after people’s approval when you need your own and God’s. We all need God’s approval, let’s not even lie to ourselves.
Besides His, you just need your own and that’s all.
You don’t need Instagram likes and followers to be loved, appreciated and beautiful. You can do that on your own.
Instead of constantly running after people’s approval and love, practice loving yourself more every day.
Whenever I look at myself in the mirror and that scar starts mocking me, I pause then look at myself and smile, even for a second, and that usually results in me admitting that I’m beautiful.
Even with acne spots, braces (yup) and that scar, I know that I’m beautiful and you can come at me and throw as many insults and harsh words and I will still think I’m beautiful. It might sting to hear those words but my self-approval and love will always cast out what you have to say about me.
It will take some time to be able to love yourself no matter what, at least it took me some, but you will get there and keep on going because it never stops. You should never stop loving yourself. NEVER!
Stop comparing yourself to others
There are many reasons why I avoid following celebrities and public figures online, and one to them is the trap of comparing myself to them.
There was a time when my Instagram feed would be filled with celebrities living their lives and then me wanting to live their lives when I had mine to focus on.
I would see certain bloggers talking about earning tons of money here and there, going to amazing places, having ‘perfect’ partners and taking care of cute babies and I would always feel like I was failing in life because I didn’t have that.
I would want to travel as they did, to earn money as they did or to live like they did and I would feel pretty bad when I would look around me and see that I was nowhere where they were in life.
And that was because I was not supposed to be where THEY were in THEIR lives.
I was, and still am, supposed to be where I am in life and go where I need to go and that isn’t necessarily where everyone is.
Through the grace of God, it clicked on me that I was made to be me and live my life, not be someone and live theirs.
I was made to share my story, not mimic someone else’s for whatever I would do, however, I would do it, I would never have that life for it wasn’t mine, it was theirs.
God has created each of us in a way that is unique.
That said, He didn’t make me so that I could be someone else, otherwise, He would have just kept that other person around and never bothered Himself with creating me.
You are you for a reason, not a mistake, so stop wanting to be like someone else for everyone has their role to play, their own stories to tell and their own selves to be.
You are you for a reason, not a mistake, so stop wanting to be like someone else for everyone has their roles to play, their own stories to tell and their own selves to be.
- Nicole Rungo
Mind your relationships
The people around you are either building you or destroying you. Real talk.
I had to cut ties or loosen holds on people who I felt were planting bad seeds in my life and hold on tight to those who were doing me good and helping me grow.
I feel like I still need to mind a few relationships that are not giving me good vibes but the good thing is that I’m working on it and you should too.
Don't stick around people that only seem to be planting bad seeds in your life.
Maybe ‘friend’ that keeps telling you that you need to lose weight, even though you have told them that you are fine like that, needs to go.
Or that family member that keeps reminding you of that not-so-great person you were before even though they know that you are trying to be a better you now; yeah, they need to go as well.
In this life, many people will come and go, and it’s alright because Jesus never lives. Plus, there will always be that person that never holds you down and if you don’t have that person now, I’m here for you.
Really, you can bug me online if you need an uplifting person there for you.
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Remember that God loves you and He made you in His image. Whenever someone poorly criticises you, remember who you are in Jesus Christ and that He died for you too.