Life isn't a competition, but it can often feel like one. Especially with the prevalence of social media, it's easy to find yourself comparing your looks, lifestyle, talents, and general existence to those around you and feeling like you fall a little short.
Even if you think of yourself as a really strong, independent, and confident person, no one is quite immune to insecurity, which these tweets sum up perfectly.
Girl, If You Don't Shut Up Right Now...
There are few worse feelings than when you're in your full chonk bod and one of your skinny friends with 5% body fat complains about their weight. I'm so mad and insecure now I might just eat you.
I Felt Confident Until I Saw My Reflection
You know the feeling: You get through a full day of seeing various people feeling generally good about yourself only to go home and wonder if you looked this tired and raggedy the whole time.
I Think Everyone Except Me Looks Flawless
Whoever coined the phrase "You're your own worst critic" was so on the mark. I literally will be unable to detect a single flaw in another girl's appearance but can point out 5,000 things wrong with mine.
I Get Worried About Other People's Eyesight
Most of the time, I am gracious towards people who compliment me, but when I'm in a self-deprecating ~mood~, I genuinely think that people are either making fun of me or horribly mistaken.
Sometimes, It's Only The Weird Compliments That Can Get Through To You
One time, I was in a slump and really feeling bad about myself when someone told me my quads looked so big that I could kill a person with one well-placed kick, and I have never felt more flattered.
You Compare Yourself To Literally Anyone
I won't lie, I once cried for 20 minutes because I saw a photo of a cat whose eye shape made her look like she had better winged eyeliner than me.
My "Selfies Taken" To "Selfies Posted" Ratio Is 250:1
Do you ever have those days where you look hot as heck in the mirror and your makeup is on point, so you try to take a selfie and end up looking like an early prototype for Mr. Potato Head?
In My Defense, The Standards Are So Unfair
How am I supposed to look like a flawless, airbrushed goddess without makeup on? Do people not understand that no-makeup makeup is a thing? Can we go back to a time when the standard of beauty was being thicc like in the Renaissance?
Felt Cute, Might Delete Later Due To My Body Dysmorphia
My secret superpower is that I can take any really nice photo of myself and, if I look at it long enough, find a way to believe I look hideous in it.
Shopping Gives You New Things To Feel Self-Conscious About
I never realized that I was weirdly tall or that my arms were bigger than the average gal's until I had to go try on clothes at the mall at age 12 and felt horrifically misshapen while my mom tried to coax me out of the fitting room stall.
There Is No Waist Too High
I once heard a girl complain about a pair of jeans she bought and wanted to return because they were "too high-waisted," as if that was something that could even happen.
I Have Big Baby Energy Even Though I'm An Adult
There's nothing like when you go out with your group of friends and all the guys at the bar think your friends are smoking hot and then one dude says you're "adorable." I want to be sexy!
I Am Insecure About Every Movement I Make In Public
Raise your hand if you've ever seen a group of people laugh while you were in a public setting and immediately assumed that they were laughing at you and the way you look!
I May Be Pretty On The Outside, But I Don't Always Feel That Way
It doesn't matter that I am dressed up and looking like an absolute 10. If I'm not fully feeling myself, I am suddenly a ball of awkwardness and overwhelming self-doubt.
Not Just Present, But Past Insecurities Reign
I still sometimes fixate on the way I looked at the seventh grade Halloween dance because none of the boys tried to slow dance with me to "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing."
I Will Be Accepting Apologies In Cash Payments Only
If my parents were going to genetically give me an ugly nose that has fuelled years of my insecurity, the least they could do is cough up some funds for my future nose job.
The Duality Of Being An Insecure Idiot
Yes, I occasionally fall into an intense spiral of self-hate and shame. Yes, I will still believe I am the most beautiful person to have ever graced this Earth. Yes, both within the same day. We exist.
Then Again, You Often Are Shaped By Your Environment
The reality is that I used to be much more insecure, but after I left behind the toxic friends who liked to tear me down, I started to gain confidence and feel better about myself.
Overcoming Insecurity Is A Whole Process
While I may still sometimes struggle with persistent feelings of inferiority, I am also able to say that I'm still pretty cute, awesome, smart, and all-around a genuinely great person.
...But A Little Reassurance Never Hurt Anyone
There is no greater way to receive a compliment than when you accidentally overhear people saying nice things about you to someone else so you know that they genuinely meant it.