My teen years were a lot of things, but confident was not one of them.
From being 300 lbs, to being the only jew in my town, to being the overly-nerdy, to coming out... I had the heart-achingly common teenage experience of trying to achieve acceptance and meet unrealistic societal standards.
And to me, that was hiding behind Instagram filters, teeth whiteners, fake smiles, and the fallacious ego that came with it.
So on this 20th birthday... I am no longer a teen and it is time to start a new personal trend.
So... hey, guys. This is my face and this is me. Without filters. Without false fronts. With the college - student bags and the razor burns and the imperfect skin. Yet... Followed with all the love I recieve regardless of those things.
I am ready for my 20s to truly be a page turned and a future of never looking back. Thank you all for the amazing birthday wishes and making me realize something I should never forget: that just being me is worthy of love and is as perfect as perfect can get.
I love you all, and thank you for making my 20 years an adventure worth living, and a lesson worth learning. - 2 hours ago