My inner critic: "You're not strong enough. Your vulnerability and your anxiety make you weak. You're not successful enough. You're almost 25, you should have come way further than this by now. All the mistakes you've made has ruined you and now you're damaged forever. Oh, and you really should go to the gym more often. You'll never be happy unless you get rid of that cellulite and that little pizza baby. It's a fucking miracle how anyone can love you, you don't deserve it".
My inner best friend: "Sweetie, don't listen to that bitch. Your vulnerability is what makes you special. Your struggle is actually your strength, it's what makes you compassionate and understanding towards others. Success should not be measured in money on the bank or materialistic things and even if it did, you are just as successful as you need to be right now. You have come such a long way, you have accomplished amazing things already. All your mistakes have taught you so much and shaped you into the amazing human that you are now. Oh, and about going to the gym... You should only ever work out to feel good mentally and physically, never by the demand of that dumb criticizing bitch telling you to lose weight. You're beautiful just as you are".
I got the inspiration for this post after I had listened to "The inner critic", an episode of Yogagirls podcast. I highly recommend everyone to give it a listen because it addresses something we are all struggling with. We all have an inner critic, telling us that we aren't good enough, for whatever reason. It's very hard to get rid of this horrible criticizing voice but the only way to do so is to let your inner best friend speak louder. Talk to yourself the way you would talk to your best friend. Compliment yourself the way you would compliment your best friend. Empower yourself the way you would empower your best friend.