I AM WORTHY
Updated: Feb 18, 2021
By definition, self-worth is the sense of one's own value or worth as a person.
Unfortunately, this is something many of us have found ourselves questioning at one point or another. Is it because of social media, perhaps it's something we take more notice of as we grow older or maybe it’s in relation to cultural, religious or gender stereotyping?
Possibly all of the above.
If you think about it, our entire lives are based around trying to prove our worth.
From our early years, we attempt to make friends and fit in.
We may look up to our siblings, wanting to be like them or feel pressurised into achieving the same, if not better results than them.
Sometimes we are forced into a direction by our parents that we do not enjoy.
We have to then prove ourselves to the world that we are (more than) employable.
Add social media into the picture, and a whole new aspect is added to the way we portray ourselves.
We are constantly trying to live up to standards created by society and to please those around us, forgetting our true values and what brings out that glow within us.
By doing so, we over-analyse and confuse our true nature and our self-image.
How we are perceived by others, especially in the 21st century, is a big deal. With easier access to influences consuming our minds, there has been an increased emphasis based on our physical appearances, lifestyles and achievements creating a distorted vision of our lives; the ‘behind the scenes’ reality is overlooked. The result of which has led to a rise in mental health problems due to the constant seeking of approval. The way you compare yourself to others has a major impact on your happiness levels.
Sometimes, we need to take a step back in time and have a child’s perspective on life.
A child doesn’t judge someone by their looks, ethnicity or class.
A child doesn’t care how clever you are or how much money you earn.
A child views the world as full of opportunities to learn new skills and grow.
A child radiates the love that we give them and brings joy into our lives.
A child’s imagination is so powerful, that just by spending time with them, we completely forget about the worries that burden us as adults – even if it’s just for a while.
As a parent, you learn to encourage and empower your child. But, whether you’re a parent or not, why not do the same for the rest of your circle?