Self-Acceptance Poems

Published: October 2019

Poems About Accepting Who You Are

Each one of us is unique. We have each been given gifts and talents that we can use to make the world a better place, but too often, we allow society to make us feel interior. We struggle with low self-esteem and buy into the lie that we don't have anything to offer the world. We look at the strengths of other people while only focusing on our weaknesses. These thoughts become self-destructive, and before we know it, we begin hating who we are.

We all must walk the journey toward self-acceptance. For some, the path is smooth, while for others, it has many bumps and twists along the way. These poems showcase the journey many people have walked to find self-acceptance and truly love who they are. May you find the strength and courage to love yourself and see your unique qualities as strengths and not weaknesses.

16 Poems About Accepting Who You Are

  1. My Personal Quest

    It's about our search for peace, our search for ourselves and finally learning where the answers lie.

    in Inspirational Poems

    For most of my life, I've been on a quest
    To discover just who I might be,
    Earnestly searching, day after day,
    So desperate to recognize me.

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    Wow this poem is so beautiful! I'm surprised there aren't more comments under it! Right now I feel like I don't know myself and need to discover who I am. This piece really comforted me to...

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  2. Before I...

    • By Insiya K. Patanwala
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017 with permission of the Author.

    Depression and anxiety are like war. And I am sure most people who go through it agree with me. I have had anxiety and mild depression since forever. And it was really difficult for me to accept myself and love who I am. Initially, I only wrote poems and stories about darkness and defeat. It's been a while since I have started writing inspirational stuff. I want the world to know it's not that difficult to love who you are and be what you want to be. A little courage is all it takes.

    in Change Poems

    Before I became strong, I knew what it was like
    To be weak,
    How difficult it is to love yourself,
    To find the wholeness that you seek.

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    Very moving. Always good to read that someone has found light at the end of the tunnel. It's a bit like my poem Brighter Skies - knowing that when things are bleak and dreary there will be...

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  4. Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

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    In this poem, Douglas Malloch (1877-1938) shares an encouraging message for readers of all ages. Although we don't all hold prestigious jobs, we can all be the best at who we are. Our position in life doesn't make us more or less valuable. The beauty of this world is shown when each person does what he has been called to do and does it with great pride. When we measure our success by the standards of this world, many of us will feel as though we've fallen short. Douglas Malloch reminds us that success is measured by being the best at whoever you are. Like many, he came from humble roots, but he used his gift of writing to touch the lives of many people.

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
    Be a scrub in the valley — but be
    The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
    Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

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    Two years ago I was in depression and isolated. I felt frequently that I was worthless and deserved no love, no appreciation, no friends. I kept myself aloof from everyone, thinking that I...

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  5. Love After Love

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    Much of the inspiration for Derek Walcott's poetry comes from the history of Saint Lucia, where he was born. This poem has a theme of accepting yourself as you are. Before you can love others, you need to love yourself.

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    The time will come
    when, with elation,
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror,

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    My husband died 10 years ago. He was the love of my life, my soul-mate, my best friend. I have not known how to 'adjust' to him being gone until I read this poem, "Love After Love." Everyone...

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  7. Just Because

    • By Angie M Flores
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008 with permission of the Author.

    I don't need to be a follower in order to be accepted. I am who I am. Accept me for who I am.

    in Inspirational Poems by Teens

    Just because I have never done drugs, doesn't mean I'm not cool.
    Just because I am a virgin, doesn't make me lame.
    Just because I'm not a fighter, doesn't mean I'm weak.
    Just because I am not a party girl, doesn't mean I can't hang.

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    It's a really cool poem, kudos to you. Anytime, I think about composing one, I cry buckets instead. Being a teen is really difficult.

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  8. Unique

    The pressure to conform in our society is high, and it only drains people of their peace and strength. I've found true happiness in loving myself the way I am. (I do not bother about what people say as long as my Christian values are satisfied.) Do you dare to be different? This poem is for you.

    in Inspirational Poems

    Because I know who I am,
    I'm at ease and free.
    I can't be like others,
    And they can't be me.

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    This poem speaks to me because I used to have a hard time accepting who I am. This is one of the deepest poems I've read yet. But now I've finally accepted who I am. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. Fairytale Girl

    • By Annabel Lee Winters
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2016 with permission of the Author.

    I thought of this poem after watching a romantic movie with my friends. I was making fun of it the whole time while they were intensely watching. I really love this poem; it's probably the best I've ever written.

    in Inspirational Poems by Teens

    I'm not that girl who's loved by all.
    Don't wear dresses or go to balls.
    I'm not the kind who likes to sing.
    Don't dream of wearing a diamond ring.

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    I am like this. I do not want a prince charming in life. I am strong enough to take care of myself, and I will be independent as well. Super proud to be a girl!

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  10. Never Give Up

    • By Becky
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2015 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this poem because I was feeling a little down one day, and sometimes I just need to boost my self-confidence, so I wrote a poem about it, hoping it could help other people as well. I hope you like it, and I hope it gives you a bit of a confidence boost.

    in Inspirational Poems by Teens

    Never give up,
    Never give in.
    Move onward and upward with strength from within.

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    This poem has given me hope, I am currently doing my B tech of which I was about to deregister it because its all seemed so hard to uphill, but reading this poem gave me strength to face...

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  11. Who Am I?

    • By Natasha L. Bishop
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2016 with permission of the Author.

    I am 35 years old, a mother of 3. Even in life's busy schedule I still haven't seemed to find myself.

    in Poems about Life Struggles

    Who am I, you ask?
    I am a lion who comes off as a lamb.
    I am an ocean with waves big enough to drown.
    I am a roller coaster of emotions.

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    My face is the place I hide my pain. My face is a place Where raindrops fall hiding the tears that have been there for so many years. My face is the place that hides my pain. My face...

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  12. I Am Beautiful

    • By Keisha Swafford
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008 with permission of the Author.

    I hope it inspires you to be confident too!

    in Inspirational Poems by Teens

    I am beautiful,
    I am powerful,
    I am desireable,
    Boys love me,

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  13. Be Proud Of Who You Are

    • By S Raine
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2010 with permission of the Author.

    I try to instill in my daughters that we all are unique, so find yourself and be proud of who you are.

    in Life Lesson Poems

    I come with no wrapping or pretty pink bows.
    I am who I am, from my head to my toes.
    I tend to get loud when speaking my mind.
    Even a little crazy some of the time.

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    I love this poem! People are always trying to fit in and be normal. I've always disregarded being "normal." What's the point? Why would I be someone I am not? I am perfectly happy the way I...

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  14. I Believe

    • By Emmah A. Odhiambo
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 5, 2022 with permission of the Author.

    Growth comes with different development stages, some positive and some negative, causing one to develop certain mindsets that can work for them or hurt them.
    I developed mindsets of self-doubt and self-sabotage based on how other people saw me, based on other people's standards of qualification and forgot I was the one living my life.
    But not anymore because I took my life into my own hands, and so can you.

    in Inspirational Poems

    Into this world I came,
    The light of the sun,
    On my face I craved.
    In the cool breezing wind,

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  15. The New Me

    • By J. Dezz
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2014 with permission of the Author.

    I am a living, breathing piece of art; I am proof that things can change, and I am proud to be the new me.

    in Depression Poems by Teens

    Sometimes it gets better.
    Sometimes you heal.
    Sometimes my eyes get wetter
    Waiting for these scars to heal.

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    That is so amazing. It really touched me because I nearly killed myself because I used to self-harm I don't do it anymore, but sometimes I'm tempted, but I get through it and you will too!...

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  16. Don't Give Up On Yourself

    • By Katy A. Brown
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2017 with permission of the Author.

    Losing yourself is such a surreal feeling. You can't really explain it to others. You just know that something feels...off. Like something just isn't right, like you're simply just not you. This poem is about realizing that there's something missing and doing something about it and tuning out the voices in your head that tell you to just give up. Because you know you're out there somewhere, you just have to keep on searching.

    in Courage Poems

    I'm on my way.
    They may ask me, "Where to?"
    Well, that I cannot say...
    For even I have no clue.

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  17. I Am Worthy

    • By Alison Malee
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2020 with permission of the Author.

    I wanted to share my current mantra with you all, with the hope that it might help you feel worthy + mindful today. The world is heavy, but we do not have to carry it all at one time, and despite all of the hard decisions and weight of the day to day, you are doing your best, and that IS enough.

    in Inspirational Poems

    I am worthy. There is nothing
    that can or will happen today that
    could convince me otherwise.

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  18. I Am Someone...

    • By Brittany Kelley
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2016 with permission of the Author.

    This poem says it all about who I am and the qualities I have. I am hoping one day a real man will come along and scoop me up for the person I am and not the person he wants me to be.

    in Meaningful Poems

    I am someone who gives all she has every time.
    I am someone who talks twice as much as she listens.
    I am someone who will tell you what you mean to her on a dime.
    I am someone who is nice and caring, whose shadow glistens.

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    I had a professor in college tell me...there are two types of people in the world: the French-fry droppers and the French-fry picker-uppers. You and I, my dear, we are the picker-uppers. We...

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