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How Quarantine Helped Me Find My Self-Worth

Women empowerment is something that is very important to me. Ever since I was in high school, and I started learning about what feminism is, and what it means to be a feminist, I always tried to empower myself and other women. However, this task was easier said than done. I found it easy to support other women in my life, but I found it difficult to support and empower myself. All the quotes I read, told others, and posted online; I could not seem to apply to myself. And I had no idea why.

It took me awhile to be confident at all times. My confidence would come and go. My confidence only happened when I had worked out at the gym, or I decided to dress up and put on makeup. I was only confident when I felt like I had lost weight, or when I felt like I looked glamorous.

Once quarantine hit, I experienced a lot of life-changes. Mainly, I had to learn how to work from home. I had to figure out how to get a stable job from home. I had to finish college from home. During this time, I was really busy. I couldn’t go to the gym, because they were closed. I didn’t have time to work out at home. There was no need to dress up, because I really wasn’t going anywhere.

You’d think that quarantine would make me feel unconfident and insecure. I wasn’t able to do anything that would have made me confident or happy. However, you’d be wrong. Quarantine actually helped me gain my confidence.

I really don’t know how it happened. Maybe it’s because I got older and realized that there were other ways to be confident, and to feel empowered as a woman. Maybe I realized that there were other things that were more important, and that I needed to prioritize. Maybe I just stopped caring about those frivolous things.

Being empowered as a woman means being confident with yourself at all times, and in all circumstances. It means feeling happy with yourself and your life decisions. It means accepting your faults. It means being proud of yourself and your accomplishments. It means realizing that what makes you different makes you special. It means that what makes you different just might be your greatest strength.

Women have to feel proud of ourselves. We live in a world where women have to fight to get ahead. Where women need to work twice as hard. Where every little comment from a man can make us feel small and useless. So, it’s up to us to empower ourselves. And it’s up to us to empower each other. Because no one else will do it for us. And when we feel empowered, those little things that could tear us down, might not bother us anymore.

-Anna Rose Bechtel, AngeLink Social Ambassador