Meghan Markle Writes a Moving Essay About Self-Acceptance

Meghan Markle is living out a real-life fairytale, after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry. Though she is living out some of our dreams, she is now in the limelight where she dodges criticism and rumors constantly. Regardless of criticism, Markle continues to hold her head high and maintains her positive outlook on life.  Markle has written a personal essay on validating yourself and how she found herself in her 20s while auditioning for an acting role.  We were reminded of it while watching the soon-to-be princess walk through life with such grace and wanted to share some of it with our readers.

She writes, "I was still figuring so much out, and trying to find my value in an industry that judges you on everything that you’re not versus everything that you are. Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not ethnic enough, while also being too thin, too ethnic, too pretty the very next day."

Markle continues, "There was a casting director named April Webster who has basically casted everything of note... I had never met her before, and at my very first audition for her, she stopped me mid-scene and said so simply, 'You need to know that you’re enough.'”

"I was breathless. No one had ever seen it, or perhaps no one had ever called me out, but there in that small box of a room in Burbank, this woman I had never met saw me. My gut reaction was to smile. To smile hard. Maybe that would keep the tears tucked behind my draping eyes." She continued auditioning for roles and finally landed her big break on Suits.

"Never would I have imagined that this show would not just change my career, but also change my life—that on my journey of trying to get what I wanted, of trying to see my dream come to fruition, I would learn who I am. That I would discover that I am enough."

Take note. Accepting yourself for who you are is much more valuable than seeking validation from others. We are all on a journey of self-love. It's time to take that first step.

Photo by: Christopher Furlong | Source: SHAPE

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