BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Emilie

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Emilie

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Emilie Goldfinger
Love Song And House Flies
Age • 22

“I constantly feel the need to criticize and at the same time compare myself with other women.”

BEING Young & Twenty is the perfect time for self-evaluation.

At 18, I thought I had a good idea of who I was and how the world worked. At 22, I’m beginning to realize I don’t really know anything and I never did.

It’s not as dramatic as it sounds.

I’m reassessing my world views and unlearning some of the ways I’ve been taught to think. A lot of the things I’ve been taught are things I no longer agree with (if only because I’d never thought about them on a conscious level.) 

I constantly feel the need to criticize and at the same time compare myself with other women. This toxic mentality has been so ingrained in my brain that undoing it is nothing short of a mission. However, acknowledging that there’s a problem is a huge step in the right direction. 

The act of trying to fix what is broken is also teaching me to cut myself some slack.

I don’t like the way I’m constantly measuring myself against my fellow women, but I don’t think it’s entirely my fault. I can’t judge myself too harshly for having these thoughts, but I can make an effort to change. 

Better to start now, while I’m young and open minded. 

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