Do you feel beautiful? Right now at this moment, ask yourself the simple yet deeply layered question, “Do I feel beautiful right now?” Your answer may be a quick and honest yes or no. But now I’d like you to ask yourself, “Why?” “Why do I feel beautiful?” Or “Why do I not?” The reason I wanted you to ask yourself if you feel beautiful, particularly at this moment is that if I were to ask myself or others this same question tomorrow or yesterday, our answers may be different. I’m a fourteen-year-old teenage girl, basically swimming in hormones and mood swings. But only recently, I’ve come up with the idea of self-esteem swings. The formal definition of self-esteem is described as self-pride or confidence. My self-esteem sometimes decreases and at times heightens, which I’m sure all people have experienced and is a perfectly normal thing. Self-esteem relies on three things, your mental, emotional, and physical state. Some would argue that their physical state is the largest influencer on their self-esteem, but I would argue that unless you’re constantly, and drastically changing your physical appearance then your physical state isn’t changing enough to be influencing your self-esteem. I think, that your emotions influence how you feel about yourself physically. Whatever’s going on in your life, whether it’s something stressful or satisfying, that’s what will boost or lessen your confidence. The question is, how do we feel beautiful all the time? Or for some of us how do we start feeling beautiful at all? I’m not here to tell you the answer, I don’t know the answer but I do know it’s complicated and unique to each and every one of us.