Self esteem is a blessing and a curse. I feel as if it can be compared to hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Just roll with me here. When you have hyperthyroidism, your thyroid is overactive. It can make your mind race, make you lose weight, and have some other strange side effects. When you have hypothyroidism, like me, you are sluggish. You have literal fights with your own body and don’t even think about being skinny. Positive self esteem can make you feel exhilarated and happy. Strange correlation that some skinny people have high self esteem. Low self esteem makes you depressed and neglectful of yourself. I am living proof on all of these counts. When I was a kid, I first became self conscious for having hairy arms. When I was in 1st grade, someone made fun of me for it. I hate wearing short sleeves now. I also do shave my arms. In 6th grade I was self conscious about my teeth. That didn’t go away until a dentist made me get my front teeth reshaped to get rid of the gap. In college, I was self conscious about weight. I remember one semester I tried eating only nutrigrain bars and drinking monster drinks. I was constantly shaking, but I was a happy size 0. Do these things ever go away? When do we finally start feeling like we aren’t here to please other people? I am a terrible person to take advice from because I struggle every day with self esteem. Some of it is physical, but I guarantee that the older I get, it is based on my talents and abilities. My challenge to you is to do something that makes you feel good. I don’t just mean go have a glass of wine and have a bubble bath. That actually sounds amazing… do that. You need to remember that you will never get away from your insecurities unless you learn to rival them with securities. Love is stronger. Be your greatest advocate. Be your best friend. Take care of your body, your heart and your soul. Also, make sure you don’t have hypothyroidism. It sucks.