Raven Yray, 29
When I was nine years young, my dad decided to move the family back to the Philippines.
There, I discovered I had a horrible allergy to mosquitos. I was in and out of the dermatologist office for many years. Because of my horrific allergy, my entire body had terrible scarring and pigmentation.
I did not speak the local dialect, and I was much bigger and taller than the majority of the natives. I was so insecure because I was so different from the locals. Hence, nobody wanted to associate with me, and I was the "talk of the town" for not the right reasons.
Going shopping, I would have to buy plus size clothes and shoes that would never fit me properly. I then would have to request for men's sizes and would get the funniest looks and comments by people that made me feel awful and embarrassed.
I lived with my insecurities for years. I was a loner in school. I was teased and bullied all throughout my grade school and high school years by fellow students and even family. It completely crushed my confidence and being alone made me feel better because I did not need to worry about my differences and what other people might think of me.
At the age of seventeen, I moved back to Canada. I lived with my granny for the first few months then got kicked out. That was the turning point. I needed to put myself out there. I had to face my fear of talking to people. I had more significant problems to face. I could not let my insecurities dictate who I am or what I am capable of doing.
I could not let opportunities pass by because of my fear of thinking other people would judge the way I look.
I have learned that everyone is unique and everyone has insecurities. The beauty of being human is accepting and learning to love who we are only then can we reach our full potential. 🧘🏼♀️ - 6 hours ago