Growing up, I was told or felt that there was something wrong with me. I was too light or my hair was too fine for me to be black, I was too fat, my glasses were too big, the list goes on. It is 29 years later where I’ve realized that I’ve internalized what I’ve been told and I’ve let it dictate how I truly feel about myself. Now I constantly battle my inner critic and constantly doubt myself. To this day, I’m still learning to love myself without restriction and accepting the parts of me that others have tried diligently for me to hate. My goal is to be sure that no one grows up feeling the way that I felt. My goal is to encourage our youth to be happy with themselves regardless of their difference. We are all unique and we are all special in our own ways. It won’t be easy. It is hard. It is also WORTH it.