Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

We live on such a beautiful planet. And sure, it has its downsides and damages but it still produces some of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. There’s something about nature that makes me feel completely at peace, and I really celebrate the wide variety of plants, animals and natural wonders we are blessed with.

That got me wondering: I spend so much time loving nature, celebrating it just as it comes; but why I don’t celebrate myself, just as I come?

We live in an age of constantly wanting to change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for competition. It’s really easy to get swept up in the idea of constantly needing to keep up, or worse, comparison.

I really hate comparison between humans. I hate that I do it, and I hate that it has such a negative effect on your brain. I know social media is a huge contributing factor, but I don’t think the internet is entirely to blame. Society in itself almost forces us to look up to those richer, “prettier” and smarter, instead of first celebrating what we were born with.

It’s much easier said than done to celebrate yourself. There are countless campaigns that encourage men and women to do just that, but it all has to start from within. There can be motivating factors, but I still believe your own mind is the best push for action.

I used to be a very shy person, sometimes I still can be pretty timid. With that, came a lot insecurity. Then I went to school and the level of self-doubt sky rocketed. But over time, as my personality has developed, my sense of worth has kicked in and my love for life has come into play, I’m happier than ever. I’m still insecure like every other human, there are still bits I don’t like and I can still lack confidence, but what’s most important is that I’m grateful for the skin I’m in and appreciate every day. I appreciate the beauty every day brings, and I appreciate my natural state.

Sometimes I think, there’s nothing I can really do to change it, so I may as well work with what I have. There is always options like plastic surgery, and I don’t bash those who chose that path but I can barely have a blood test without crying so going under the knife isn’t the way for me.

After plenty of mental training and actively trying to have some confidence and appreciate myself, it comes so much easier now. I see the beauty the world gives, but I also see it in myself.

Enjoy the gallery!

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

 

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

Appreciating Natural + Inner Beauty | Gallery by Anika May | Blogger and Photographer | anikamay.co.uk

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