Unless you’re living under a rock, you know June is Pride month to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and who they are and what they went through. That being said, the amount of pride they have for being unapologetically themselves is something we can all learn from. We all deserve to celebrate and be proud of who and how we are as individuals.
Accept You-All of us have a spectrum of emotions, strengths, and weaknesses and all parts of that are what make us human beings. However, as a society we are more frequently told to work on our weaknesses than use our strengths. Because of that we’re very hard on ourselves, when we actually should work towards accepting all aspects of who we are. Self-acceptance is the first step toward self confidence. That being said, while we should be strive to be the best version of ourselves and work on our weaknesses, we also have to remember we have these beautiful strengths that we need to use! In fact, using our strengths is what draws us closer to what we love and want to do in our lives, and ultimately makes us much happier and healthier human beings. So therefore, accept who you are! You are amazing and wonderful at certain things so use them!
Celebrate You-Myself included, we all tend to see the worst in ourselves and feel that our flaws are magnified to the world as much as they are to ourselves. However, without taking away from the true reason Pride month exists, we can use Pride season as a reminder to all of us to celebrate who we are as individuals. Our traits are what make us unique, our flaws are what make us human beings, and we won’t be our individual, unique selves without all aspects of who we are.
Reward You–Any small victory you may have, celebrate it. For example, earlier I was very camera shy (a perceived weakness) and I finally got over that and managed to record videos! For me that deserved a major pat on the back, and I felt extremely proud of myself! Although it might not be a huge deal for someone else, but it was a big deal for me so I chose to celebrate it! My point is, reward yourself for even the smallest of victories because those are what are 1. Going to boost your mood, 2. Motivate you to move forward, and 3. Make you proud of who you are!
Ultimately, we can all take a lesson from the LGTBQIA+ community-and that is the notion of being proud of who you are. They are a wonderful group of people who have so much Pride in being unapologetically themselves that it’s definitely something we can all learn from. Therefore, accept YOU, celebrate YOU, and reward YOU because you know what, I’m proud of YOU and you should be too!