There is no doubting that Instagram is an incredible platform – one where you can go to be inspired, learn, and network (or you know, just somewhere to flick through pretty pictures) – but it is also a place that can easily lead to comparisonitis. A disease that knows no boundaries and affects even those you think must surely be immune, ie. seemingly perfect people like Hailey Bieber.
Kicking off the year with a very real Instagram post yesterday, Hailey shared some of her own personal struggles with insecurity – with her words definitely resonating with a lot of the commentary that has been making its way around the Gram in recent times. With confidence battles being fought everyday, everywhere, by everyone – we are absolutely applauding Hailey for opening up about hers…
“Stepping into 2019, I want to be more open. I want to be more open about the things I struggle with, and be able to be more vulnerable. I’m a 22 years old, and the truth is no matter how amazing life may look from the outside I struggle…” she posted.
“I’m insecure, I’m fragile, I’m hurting, I have fears, I have doubts, I have anxiety, I get sad, I get angry. I have had more days than I can count where I’ve found myself scrolling through Instagram comparing myself, comparing my looks, feeling like I’m not good enough, feeling like I lack so many things and really struggling to be confident in who I am because I constantly feel like I’m just not good enough. Every single day is a confidence battle for me. I’m not writing this for a pity party or for sympathy but just to simply say, I’m a human… I’m a young woman, I’m learning who I am and, it’s REALLY FREAKING HARD. It’s hard finding who you are, but what’s even harder is being picked apart and compared to other women while trying to do that. There are days that I’m simply broken because of it.
“It would be incredible if other young girls and women could find it in themselves to lift each other up, to stop making other women who are struggling JUST LIKE THEM feel incompetent and less than. We ALL have flaws, and that will never change. What I do know is, God made us individuals for a reason, with our own beauty, our own personalities, and our own story because there’s a specific plan and purpose for each and every human created and he makes no mistakes!! So this year I’m gonna do my very best to just be ME and be confident with who I am. Cause I am enough, and I’m loved, and you are enough and you’re loved.”
We are all enough.
All images: Hailey Bieber