i love myself to bits and pieces. and even though i went through an awkward stage from my pre-teens to early adulthood, looking back i realize that i loved myself even then.
my awkwardness stemmed from my inability (or rather deep internal unwillingness) to fit into society's norms along with a fear of letting my light shine.
i always wanted to blend in and not stand out in any way, but at the same time i could not and would not allow myself to follow the heard mentality. it was a constant struggle trying to find that balance but i'm finally there.