Growing up is tough. Childhood days are always filled with anxieties and self-doubts that haunt us like the Pennywise clown. These deep secrets are those that we bury within us, to save ourselves from getting ridiculed or bullied. But as we grow up, these self-doubts will eventually metamorphose into our greatest strengths.
What's something you hated about yourself as a kid or teenager that you now consider a strength?
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) September 30, 2018
Writer Ashley C. Ford tweeted the same question and result was a wave of empowering confessions. These interesting replies are sure to make your day.
My big nose. I hated it in junior high. Now, I embrace it as my trademark. It makes me, recognizable! https://t.co/iOLzJYGxP7
— David Vazquez (@DavidRVazquez) October 2, 2018
2. Making People Happy
My need to be class clown– it's not about attention (OK, maybe it is a lil), but about making people happy. https://t.co/s5JdTIshvb
— 🐀👑Rat Queen👑🐀 (@Narc1sSister) October 1, 2018
3. The Last Laugh
I used to hate my big lips cause they always used to make fun of me or call me Jay-Z lips. I learned to love them and now I'm having the last laugh 😛 https://t.co/LK4Rb96j4j
— Alix (@ayyyalix) October 2, 2018
4. Family Matters
Growing up my parents insisted we spend summers in India with our extended family. I hated missing out on time with friends, camp etc. But now I’m grateful for the culture I was exposed to & my close relationships with my cousins.
— Mini Timmaraju (@mintimm) September 30, 2018
5. Open Mind
Being an expat, and the feeling of never really 'belonging' anywhere. Now I love the fact that I'm from two totally different cultures. I feel like it's allowed me to have a more open mind and understand different POV's more. https://t.co/xxaxdAUuZw
— . (@loverofpuns) October 1, 2018
6. Pride & Power
My height. I still hate it sometimes but other times it's a source of pride & power. https://t.co/iqbn7cOoZ1
— Kira🏳️🌈 (@MyWitHasLeft) October 2, 2018
My eyebrows! Grew up with super straight eyebrows that most people thought were hilarious but now I absolutely love how unique they are and how they're a part of me 🙂 https://t.co/aean266zdg
— Miya (@SnowBerry13n) October 1, 2018
Oh easy. All my disabilities. Being HOH, the way I talk as a side effect of being HOH, the hole I had in my stomach before I got my surgery, my breathing problems, how my body looks from the surgery scars. But I love and appreciate it all now. https://t.co/5YFLwSvJwH
— Jillian Strong (@Blah_Master) October 1, 2018
9. Fricking AWESOME
My Asperger's Syndrome. Most kids had (and still have) trouble understanding that different and quirky are fricking AWESOME traits because they had to your personality https://t.co/AkWNyIRPxE
— YFII ZFMEBO (kcab srettel eerht) (@DigitalGarrett) October 2, 2018
9. Little Things In Life
That our family was poor. I now know how to fix things around the house, stretch a dollar, cook delicious meals from leftovers, and appreciate the little things in life.
— Stephanie Daily (@seppichdaily) September 30, 2018
9. Bold, Abundant Melanin
My skin tone. Took a long time for me to unpackage the anti-blackness I'd internalized and learn to love my bold, abundant melanin. https://t.co/lhftwR6BEi
— Darrin Johnson (@DJ_Blues) October 2, 2018