So, I’ve had this on my mind a lot recently…
I think we can all agree that our society is rather superficial. It’s all about who has the best body, who has the most followers, who wears the most expensive clothing, etc.. Unfortunately, so many girls struggle with insecurity as a result of our society’s unattainable image of “perfection.” I know this firsthand.
Like a lot of people, I have a tendency to get wrapped up in image. We are often our own worst enemies in that way. Social media is absolutely amazing and offers so many opportunities, but it also makes it easy to compare yourself to others. People seem to forget about the fact that there’s rarely any genuine depth online. Social media gives you a mere glimpse into someone’s life, and a very vague idea of who they actually are.
I want you all to understand that online image is not who someone is. Madi.ibach and simplyyequestrian are perfected versions of myself. I am not my online image. I have a real life. I make mistakes. I have my not-so-great moments. I have all that comes with being human, I just post only what I’m proud of, what’s flattering, and what’s fun. So, while my image online may seem flawless, I’m not…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Some of the comments you all leave like “can I be you?!” make me smile, but part of me feels guilty, as I hate to see such beautiful, amazing people compare themselves to me (or anyone) and feel “less-than.” Nobody should ever feel that way!
I am beyond honored to have so many amazing people look up to me. I feel incredibly lucky to be on such a pedestal on social media, but I want to make sure I’m using it for the better. I want you all to feel loved, confident, and know that you are absolutely amazing exactly like you are. I never, ever want you to feel “less-than.”
It honestly breaks my heart to see so many girls struggle with self esteem issues. Sadly, insecurity has become incredibly prevalent in our society. I want to do my best to change that, to any extent possible. You are all such amazing people! I want you to know that you are loved, and that you are so beautiful inside and out. Never let anyone, including yourself, diminish your confidence.
All of that being said, looks are not everything. Who you are, how you think, what you do…those are things that truly define you as a person. I hate that looks have become the focal point. Focusing on yourself is so rewarding. Dive into your interests. Be ambitious. Explore your mind, the world. Find your passion, and run with it. Connect only with those who are positive and make you feel good about yourself. Love and appreciate your mind and body. Life is too short to get caught up in perfection, as it doesn’t exist. Focus on yourself. The real you. THAT is what will get you places, and what will make you truly happy.
Thanks for letting me go off like that…it’s been on my mind a lot recently. I hope I was able to help you in one way or another. It is but my greatest wish that you will see and appreciate the immense amount of beauty you possess, both inside and out.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt