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I think one of the most valuable things I’ve ever taught myself is how to say no, and not follow it up with some kind of excuse or reasoning. And I really try to encourage people of this anytime I get a chance to– because it’s important and it’s vital. If you’re afraid to say no, you can end up in a lot of situations you really don’t want to be in.

Learn to say no without a reason, and learn to say yes to what you really want to do. If you like pink hair, go get it dyed. If you want to wear edgy clothes and bold makeup, do it! So what if people don’t like your hair color? So what if you want to wear clothes that aren’t “in”?

It’s your body. This is your life. You’re doing this for you. Literally the only opinion that matters is your own. And maybe you think, well that seems selfish. I used to think that way too. But now I know it’s not selfish, it’s self-loving. There’s a certain amount of pride and respect we must keep for ourselves.

Besides, if you think like everyone else, that’s not really called thinking, is it?

Be yourself, stay true to yourself. Love and honor yourself.

I love myself, and I love you guys. Embrace who you are and express yourself. Be different. Be bold. Be a trendsetter. Be you.

–Hunter

 

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