Whenever anyone wants to take my picture, I have the urge to hide because I feel so incredibly ugly most of the time. Because of this, I don’t have nearly as many photos of myself with my friends and family as I would like to. For a long time, this was the only photo of myself that didn’t make me cringe, but now even this picture bothers me because I realize that it shows just how insecure I am.
<3 <3 <3. katelyn, lovely lovely lovely. it’s really hard to reconcile the past, and forgive ourselves for things we have done/felt in the past that have made things difficult for ourselves now. but please remember that you your life is not over, not at all, and you have so many years ahead of you that you can show your face, your body your self for the camera. photos don’t mean anything, not really, not in the long run. photos help us remember, it’s true, but photos can also be deceiving and implant false memories of times we had. you have memories with your friends and family, you were there for them and with them, and that’s most important. and like I said, you have a lot of time ahead of you to change this, to be someone who is confident and present for photos. you deserve to feel good about yourself. you deserve to feel fucking beautiful, in a way that transcends how you look in photographs. this photo may represent your insecurities, but it’s important to forgive yourself for being insecure. you are beautiful, even in your pain, even when you feel broken. you are beautiful, you are, you are, you are. love love love love love.