I like myself! I’m glad I’m me.

Have you read the children’s book, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont? If you haven’t, I highly suggest the read. And yes, your kids will love it, but you may like it even more.

I like myself! I’m glad I’m me.
There’s no one else I’d rather be.

 
The cover of the book "I Like Myself." The cover is pink with a girl dancing around.Society is tough on women. Most of us feel it acutely. I feel it acutely. The world says we are what we appear to be. We are the purse we tote around, we are the cell phone in our hand, we are the jeans we wear, we are the make-up we apply. The list goes on and on and on.

I read this book when I was about 15. Yes, during the midst of my teenage years I read and fell in love with this children’s book. It spoke to me. It comforted me. It taught me I can love myself. I can be happy with who I am! And most importantly, I should like myself for who I am, not what I may appear to be. No amount of physical changes should make me like myself any less, because the inside is what matters most.

child sitting in bed with huge bed head

Even when I look a mess,
I still don’t like me any less,
’cause nothing in this world, you know,
can change what’s deep inside, and so…

 

weird bicycle contraption. A police man stairing at it.

No matter if they stop and stare,
no person
ever
anywhere
can make me feel that what they see
is all there really is to me.

 

To me, this is one of the most beautiful messages. It illustrates “Don’t get caught up in what the world sees. Love yourself, because you are YOU.” Contrary to popular belief, you are enough.

Do you love yourself even when you look a mess? How have you learned to love yourself? Are there any books that have spoken to your soul? I would love to hear your thoughts!

HERE is a link to a short video clip of I Like Myself so you can see the entire short story.