30-Day Gratitude Challenge – Nature

TODAY’s prompt is nature and all I can think is ‘oh god, it’s so against nature that I’m flying at thousands of feet above the sea and this probably won’t end well’.

I’m not a great flyer as you may have guessed. I’m all for the views, the clouds, the arriving in another country part, but take off and landings are just not my thing.

It’s been three years since I travelled solo, and it’s taken a lot of confidence building to get back here.

There’s a lot to be said for self confidence.

You know growing up my weight never really bothered me. Don’t get me wrong, I was a funny wee missus when it came to clothes, but how I actually looked? Couldn’t have given a damn.

When I got to high school, that changed. Suddenly there were all these girls who were much prettier than me, and looked thinner than me, and I wasn’t happy with the way I looked anymore.

I forgot what it was like to really be in love with how I looked. And it took a long time to get back there.

Loving yourself for who you are is great. And I’m happy with the person I now am, because I enjoy being naturally me. Anxiety-riddled, stress-fuelled that I am.

Learning to appreciate yourself for who you are naturally is difficult, but it’s a journey I reckon is worth taking.

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