Insecurities; we all have them, we all try to hide them and sometimes, we are afraid to share them. It can be scary to admit the what features you don't like about yourself. What if no one else has this insecurity or people laugh at what you don't like? It is a torrential spiral of growing insecurities.
Whether it is your outward appearance, or something intrinsic, we desperately wish we could do anything to change them. And we've tried. We went on diets, applied make-up, got haircuts, and more. But what would happen if we saw these insecurities as our biggest strengths and our most beautiful features?
Normally, the internet can make our insecurities worse, but in this case, it was the opposite. Twitter opened up a beautiful thread where people shared the biggest insecurities that they now see as a strength or as something that they love about themselves.
Here's where it all began:
What's something you hated about yourself as a kid or teenager that you now consider a strength?— Ashley C. Ford (@Ashley C. Ford)1538318422.0
Voice of reason
I hated it when my voice changed. I had a mousy-high voice, then one day my vocal chords decided they were all abou… https://t.co/e8KzUSq9ob— Ashley C. Ford (@Ashley C. Ford)1538319163.0
Vulnerability. As a kid, being vulnerable just opened you up to insults or bullying, but as an adult I find it a u… https://t.co/DBVyJp9VcK— noah soliday bench (@noah soliday bench)1538342140.0
Curly HairI can relate to this one. It seems like we always want what we can't have and force ourselves to fit in. Once we learn to embrace the way we were made, we find all of our "flaws" to be our beautiful gifts.
Poverty. At the time, I was a scholarship kid in a school with a lot of very wealthy kids. Had a lot of shame about… https://t.co/7BKdEdZb4i— Hilluminati (@Hilluminati)1538330184.0
@iSmashFizzle I used to hate being dyslexic person now I love that dyslexia has made me a persistent and creative… https://t.co/8FX4l9L0Ea— Sharon A. Thompson (@Sharon A. Thompson)1538440877.0
@iSmashFizzle My love of being alone— Lindsay Goldwert (@Lindsay Goldwert)1538450333.0
@iSmashFizzle My freckles. I got picked on growing up with them and now I hope they never go away— ✨🌙🌧SadGirl🌧🔮✨ (@✨🌙🌧SadGirl🌧🔮✨)1538452281.0
@iSmashFizzle I really hated my small eyes. I thought they made my face look fat and even my ‘best’ friend in schoo… https://t.co/uGIhrX0Ftu— Hazel (@Hazel)1538427451.0
@iSmashFizzle My height! I hated being taller than everyone when I was younger, but as I grew up, I straightened ou… https://t.co/9NfZR3KtOj— Jordan Lambert (@Jordan Lambert)1538444483.0
@iSmashFizzle That I didn't have the self control to shut up when I saw something I thought was wrong.— mrsk (@mrsk)1538319735.0
@iSmashFizzle I find it hilarious that in elementary school I was teased endlessly for having a big butt. Now those… https://t.co/Qm5uVv1f0s— Megan 😷🏠 (@Megan 😷🏠)1538320892.0
PositivityThe world will always try to put out the brightest lights. Keep shining girl, we need more cheerful people, like you in the world!
Our namesShe's wearing one of her biggest insecurities like a badge of honor. I think we could all learn from this.
@iSmashFizzle Being able to see multiple points of view. It always made me feel wishy-washy. Now I know it means I’… https://t.co/UF9RP3SPxS— Can we have MFA and UBI soon pls? (@Can we have MFA and UBI soon pls?)1538319269.0
My 'nerdyness'/inquisitiveness. A primary school teacher said 'I soak up information like a sponge' but I always go… https://t.co/cCgfiWHlsK— Tay Aziz 🌿🎥 #𝔹𝕃𝕄 ✊🏾 (@Tay Aziz 🌿🎥 #𝔹𝕃𝕄 ✊🏾)1538407426.0
@iSmashFizzle My laugh. My father told me that nobody would ever marry me if I laughed as loud as I did. It now fee… https://t.co/JQcSOxkKsb— Angela (@Angela)1538322763.0
Being too sensitiveSensitivity is often perceived as a weakness. While, in reality, it translates to empathy. Empathy which is one of the strongest traits you can have.
Or not sensitive enough
My emotional fortitude. When I was a teenager I thought there was something wrong with me that I didn’t seem to fee… https://t.co/OwtmZEv0Wy— Jennifer Iacopelli misses baseball ⚾ (@Jennifer Iacopelli misses baseball ⚾)1538318718.0
My heritage. I pushed it away for so long and so badly wanted to be named Kyle and have green eyes. My latino herit… https://t.co/I4DmZPSrd4— Joe Rodriguez (@Joe Rodriguez)1538325927.0
@iSmashFizzle My eyebrows. https://t.co/p4umsAPdlH— pfpicardi (@pfpicardi)1538322928.0
My stutter. But I am learning to be open with it and make people listen to me and not speak over me or finish my se… https://t.co/ZnULA9rZJc— Dr. KB (@Dr. KB)1538323927.0
New hair, new you
@iSmashFizzle Having alopecia. I’ve been bald since I was 12 and I used to cry about it every day. Now, I’m feeling… https://t.co/mkNNjD65rI— Traci Lee (@Traci Lee)1538324281.0
Being a bossOnce a boss, always a boss.
Too much, or not enough
Feeling too boyish to be loved as a girl & too female to be accepted as a boy https://t.co/lRcaeewkyr— Theo DM 🌙☀️ (@Theo DM 🌙☀️)1538330351.0
Family timeVisiting our family seemed like the worst idea when we were growing up. Looking back, most of us realize how much there is to be grateful for, like the opportunity to learn about your culture.
ReadingMore books, more knowledge. Read on, readers!
Being a thinker
My discernment. Friends would accuse me of thinking too much and I hated that. Now I know listening to my instincts… https://t.co/bn0L1xZo5D— hautemommie (@hautemommie)1538318745.0
@iSmashFizzle I hated my dark skin. Now, I love everything about my individuality.— Akon's VO (@Akon's VO)1538319203.0
My size. I was a shy insecure nerd in a body meant to be on offensive line. I stood out. I was clumsy and I broke t… https://t.co/KPeM3sZQ40— No One of Consequence (@No One of Consequence)1538321887.0
My creativity! I used to always go all out for projects I was excited about and then ended up being embarrassed whe… https://t.co/arijHiAqbl— Lucy Huber (@Lucy Huber)1538334760.0
So much love
I love reading these stories in response to this tweet and seeing how these people have gained strength from a prev… https://t.co/SiLyE3rnzT— Andrea K Haid (@Andrea K Haid)1538406722.0