People are usually quick to judge themselves and those around them. It is easy to point out the little flaws in oneself, especially in today’s society. Society puts too much pressure on teens, and even adults, on what the ideal person should be. According to the status quo, a person should not be too thin or thick, must have the right color hair and eyes, be dolled up in makeup, and have six-pack abs or bulging muscles. The list goes on and on.
But the thing is, not one of us is the same as another. So why do we try so hard to fit in when each of us was born to stand out?
I admit that I have done this myself. We are, after all, our own worst critics. The way I see myself may not be how others perceive me, but I continue to worry about how others view me. I do not wear makeup or the latest fashion. I am not the skinniest person in the world. I have a low self-esteem where it comes to myself.
As I was at Creation, a Christian festival where people come together for worship and concerts, a couple years ago, For King & Country performed their new song “Priceless.” The first few lines of the song gave me hope about myself. Joel and Luke Smallbone sang the opening; “Mirror, mirror, mirror on the wall, tellin’ those lies, pointing out your flaws, that isn’t who you are. That isn’t who you are. It might be hard to hear, but let me tell you, dear, if you could see what I can see, I know you would believe that isn’t who you are. There’s more to who you are.”
As they continued to sing, it made me realize that we do not have to conform to society’s “guidelines” on the ideal person we should become. Each of us is different, and that is what makes the world a more interesting place. It does not matter if we do not fit into the box that society thinks we should because we are not supposed to. We are all made to stand out and shine in our own way.
It may be hard to get through life with society bearing down on us, but keep in mind that you are perfect the way you are. You do not have to listen to what others say about you. Their opinions do not matter; only yours do.
To listen to more of For King & Country’s song “Priceless,” check their YouTube channel or go to their home page to learn more about them.