There are two ways to view oneself: how you view yourself and how others view you. For example, most people do not see themselves as attractive, but others do. This is a physical attribute that is normally what is discussed when asked how others view one. Recently, for me, it has been complimentary of my personality traits rather than my physical appearance. This has been truly humbling for me, as I did not expect such things to matter more than what I look like. In a recent conversation with a friend of mine, I asked if I impressed him*, to which he replied, "Yes". This, of course, asked me to describe how I impressed him. The answer was this: "You have a lot of integrity". This absolutely left me with no words. It was an answer I was not expecting. Recently, I have also been told that I am loyal, trustworthy, honest, and a strong woman. On the shallow, physical front, I have been told that I look anywhere from 16-22 years old. I have grown a lot in many ways since I first started this online journal, back when I was 17. I am really grateful of the friends that have stuck by me for most of that time and realized what a great person I was and encouraged me to be so. It's truly rare to find people of such caliber in this world today and I am so happy that, not only have I found some, they are my friends. Thank you.
*using the standard pronoun, not disclosing gender of person, or persons, for reasons of anonymity. While, yes, I am quoting from a conversation, or various conversations, it is because of how it made me feel, and not to shine the spotlight on any one person.