I started puberty in fourth grade, and my legs were not thin and long like every other girl in my class. I had these short stubby legs that I hated! Everyone saw that I looked different and teased me for it. I was called fat so much that I believed it. As I have grown
up, I have seen more and more girls my age that look like me but it’s been few. My parents would continually say to me, “you are
fit not fat”, just to make me believe the truth. But, when you're constantly being told a lie it seems to become a truth to you. You
don’t have to believe everything you hear though, you look the way you look. When you realize that everyone is beautiful, then it will be easier for you to love yourself and be content in the way you look.
Comparing yourself is something to conquer as well. If you're constantly looking at the people around you and judging the way
they look, you'll never love yourself. You will never look like the girl you're idolizing and admiring, and that’s because she is
different than you - and that’s ok. Guess what, she is probably looking at you wanting to be like you, too. Be confident in yourself
and don’t constantly be comparing yourself to others. Love yourself, because you're beautiful and you deserve it.
Story by Hazel Scully