Two years ago was the year my self esteem was at it’s lowest. It shows. I practically hated myself. I hated everything about me and I can truly say that within these two years, I’ve grown and changed as a person for the better. Two years ago, I was too afraid to be me. I was too afraid to crack open my shell and crawl out. I was too afraid to show the world who I really am and quite frankly, I was too afraid to look in the mirror. I am Julia: the bubbly, happy, confident, and excited 16 year old who is actually looking forward to the future. I love myself. I love my oily skin, my thin blonde hair, the fact that there isn’t a gap between my thighs… and do you know why? Because these are the things that make me different and unique. These are the things that make me me. And now I would not change any of these things about me. My past does not define who I am.