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.

17 Poems About Accepting Who You Are

  1. 1. I Believe

    • By Emmah A. Odhiambo
    • Published: June 5, 2022

    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

    Believe In Yourself And You'll Accomplish Anything

    Into this world I came,
    The light of the sun,
    On my face I craved.
    In the cool breezing wind,
    Under the moonlight I sat,
    I thought,
    I pondered,
    I knew,
    I was great.

    Slowly they got to me,
    Their expectations,
    I couldn't catch up.
    Their opinions,
    They cut to the deep.
    Their constant watch,
    I became stunned.
    Beauty faded,
    Strength waxed away,

    And then I grew up.
    They mattered no more.
    All the lies I believed,
    Like a flood on sloppy hills,
    I let them run down.
    New mindsets I built,
    Strong confidence I gained,
    Because I knew for the best,
    It was I that mattered.

    Like the Phoenix, I rise,
    From the ashes of doubt,
    From the ashes of contempt.
    Like an eagle I soar,
    To the ends of the earth,
    To the storms that may be,
    Because I have believed
    I have all it takes,
    I have all I need.

    My dreams run wild,
    My imagination unlimited.
    I know what I want,
    I know how to get it.
    Like the sun,
    I shine my light.
    Like the stars,
    My glory prevails,
    Because I have believed.

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  2. 2. I Am Worthy

    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.

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

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

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

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

    Repeat.

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  4. 3. Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

    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.

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    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.

    If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
    And some highway happier make;
    If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass —
    But the liveliest bass in the lake!

    We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
    There's something for all of us here,
    There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
    And the task you must do is the near.

    If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
    If you can't be the sun be a star;
    It isn't by size that you win or you fail —
    Be the best of whatever you are!

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  5. 4. My Personal Quest

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

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    Searching To Find Ourselves

    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.

    I've felt moments of utter fulfillment
    And moments I couldn't go on,
    But I knew for the sake of my heart and my soul,
    To succeed, I would have to be strong.

    But the people around me seemed so lost themselves
    That I feared I might be on my own.
    But then there'd be someone who would reach out and help
    And remind me I wasn't alone.

    I've wanted so much to be happy,
    To know what it was to feel peace,
    And I thought if I finally felt sure of myself,
    Then the pain and the struggles would cease.

    But I've learned that this journey is endless;
    The discoveries are fresh every day,
    And no matter how much I might know of myself,
    They'll be times I will still lose my way.

    And as I've grown older, I truly believe
    I may never know all I can be.
    But the answers are not waiting out in the world
    But have always laid right inside me.

    We're all on this quest to discover ourselves,
    Together but through our own ways,
    Overcoming whatever might get in our paths,
    So we can feel better someday.

    But always remember not to stray far
    From what matters and what's really true.
    In this life you don't have to be perfect.
    In the end, you just have to be you.

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  7. 5. 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.

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    Poem About Resisting Conformity

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

    I've got fading scars,
    An unusual physique,
    But it all works together
    To make me unique.

    I've got hidden strengths,
    Some obvious flaws.
    Still I am who I am,
    For better, for worse.

    I don't have to blend in;
    I won't live a lie.
    I can't please everyone;
    I won't even try.

    Some call me proud;
    Others stare at me in alarm.
    But I'm not one to bother,
    Because I know who I am.

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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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  8. 6. Don't Give Up On Yourself

    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.

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    Finding Yourself

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

    I know it's rather far,
    For it has to make me whole.
    The road to the stars,
    The path to my soul.

    I must go alone,
    But I'll miss you all, believe me.
    I must travel into the unknown,
    I must sail all of the seas.

    You see, I've lost something of mine.
    It's special and grand...
    Magnificent in its design.
    How I lost it is hard to understand.

    What did I lose?
    Well...I'm not exactly sure.
    Please, my confusion you must excuse...
    I just know I must find a cure.

    I have a terrible disease,
    The name of it escapes me.
    But it stops your hair from blowing in the breeze.
    It stops your heart from feeling free.

    I think it's called "Lack of Adventure,"
    But correct me if I'm wrong.
    That is why I must go on this venture,
    For my very essence I must prolong.

    I think I may have left my heart somewhere
    Or the part of me that believes....
    I'll be back soon, I swear!
    But for awhile, I must leave.

    I know I'm on my way,
    And though I may not know where
    Myself I cannot betray...
    For I know I'm somewhere out there.

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  9. 7. Before I...

    • By Insiya K. Patanwala
    • Published: January 2017

    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.

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    Accepting Who You Are

    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.

    Before I knew the light,
    I have had my fair share of darkness, too,
    Where my world fell into a hopelessness
    And I didn't know how to get through.

    For I have known the tears it takes,
    The courage to stand up again,
    When you are broken down and bruised
    And you know nothing but the pain.

    You forget to appreciate love,
    If you haven't seen the hate,
    Till you forget the meaning of smile and laughter,
    And your heart is left abate.

    I have known the strength and courage
    It requires to get it right,
    To face the things that hold you down
    And hold your head up and fight.

    Before I was who I am now,
    I was someone I didn't want to be.
    I was lost, battered, and defeated,
    Before I knew how to be me!

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  10. 8. Who Am I?

    • By Natasha L. Bishop
    • Published: December 2016

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

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    Poem About Finding Myself

    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.
    I am a hater of ignorant people, liars,
    And people who use others for a gain.
    I am a lost soul, a naive child.
    I am one who has seen enough
    That would make most people's skin crawl.
    I am me, not you.
    I am who I am.
    Judging me is only a negative reflection on you.
    So who am I, you ask?
    I am me...just me.

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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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  11. 9. I Am Someone...

    • By Brittany Kelley
    • Published: October 2016

    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.

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    Proud Of My Qualities

    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.

    I am someone who can give you everything.
    I am someone who knows what she wants.
    I am someone who has dreams like Martin Luther King.
    I am someone who is as warm as a basket of croissants.

    I am someone who wears her heart on her sleeve.
    I am someone who gets taken advantage of.
    I am someone who has never had a kiss on New Year's Eve.
    I am someone who is ready to fall in love.

    I am someone who believes in honesty and trust.
    I am someone who loves what she does.
    I am someone who believes self-happiness and love are a must.
    I am someone who tries to be fair and just.

    I am someone who is ready for anything.
    I am someone who is telling you who I am.
    I am someone who has that crazy extra little zing.
    I am someone who can be your grand slam.

    This is who I am.

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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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  12. 10. Trials

    • By Alexis M. Vogler
    • Published: July 2016

    I chose to write this because I am going through a hard time. Maybe it will help someone else.

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    Strength Through The Hard Times Of Life

    Sometimes you may think you're alone,
    And your feelings make you seem like a clone.
    Deep down you are whole,
    Not an empty bowl.
    Someone loves you,
    And all the words they say are true.
    Trust in yourself
    To be strong
    And true and whole and mighty.
    This time will pass;
    It's just a trial.
    Just walk down this aisle,
    Head held high;
    You're strong.

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    Life has never been easy for me. I was born into a broken home, and I suffered a lot of things.

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  13. 11. Never Give Up

    • By Becky
    • Published: December 2015

    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.

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

    Always believe,
    Always look forward.
    Never be the one who is seen as a coward.

    Remember the past,
    Look for the future.
    Always remember it's often good to be obscure.

    You are special,
    You are unique.
    To go far in life is what you should seek.

    You are brilliant,
    You prove to be amazing every day,
    And there is someone who will love you in every way.

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  14. 12. The New Me

    • By J. Dezz
    • Published: April 2014

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

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    Changing For The Better

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

    The scars on the outer,
    The scars on the inner.
    I scream and I cry louder and louder.
    My voice just gets tired and my lifeline much thinner.

    That was the old me,
    The scared me,
    The dying.
    That was the hurt me,
    The bleeding me,
    The crying.

    The night that I changed is still so clear.
    I swallowed those pills with not a single fear.
    I stumbled and fell, but I didn't care.
    No more crying, no cutting, not one more blank stare.

    The pain was unbearable; what had I done?
    I haven't lived yet, my life had just begun.
    I awoke my guardian, to the clinic we went.
    I slept off the pills and awoke to resent.

    I felt so ill, inside and out.
    I went to a center and learned all about
    How to be fine, how to live without
    The blades and the pills; it's all over now.

    Meet the new me.
    She's smiling but scarred.
    Meet the new me.
    She shoots for the stars.
    Meet the new me.
    She's doing fine.
    Meet the new me.
    She tries and she strives.
    Meet the new me.
    She's glad she's alive.

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  15. 13. Love After Love

    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.

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    The time will come
    when, with elation,
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror,
    and each will smile at the other's welcome,

    And say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.

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  16. 14. Be Proud Of Who You Are

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

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    I Am Unique

    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.
    I'm not a size 5 and don't care to be.
    You can be you and I can be me.
    I try to stay strong when pain knocks me down.
    And the times that I cry are when no one's around.
    To error is human or so that's what they say.
    Well, tell me who's perfect anyway.

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  17. 15. My Morals Define Me

    I am unique and one of a kind. I am who I am and will never change for anyone. I will always be me, now and forever.

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    Empowering Poem About Self-Acceptance

    I have never done drugs and never will.
    I don't give into peer pressure.
    I believe that drugs are lame.
    Drugs cause you to make irresponsible decisions.
    I'd rather be high on life than high on drugs.
    I choose not to harm my body with illegal substances.
    I do what I want and if this makes me a loser, then so be it.

    I am proud to be a virgin.
    I'm not ditzy or dumb.
    I don't believe everything I am told.
    Abstinence is the key, so I believe.
    I am not ready for a child nor disgusting diseases.
    My virginity is my sanctuary.
    If this makes me a loser, then so be it.

    Violence is never the answer.
    Physical disputes are pointless and solve nothing.
    It is unnecessary and a waste of time.
    I shall never stoop down to that level of immaturity.
    I'd rather walk away and be the bigger person.
    If this makes me a loser, then so be it.

    Being a party girl is not who I am.
    Partying is not what life is all about.
    Life does not revolve around alcohol, drugs, and music.
    There are more important things in life than parties.
    I have the rest of my life to party;
    For now I choose to focus on my future and career.
    If this makes me a loser, then so be it.

    I don't need to dress like a hoochie to get attention.
    I am classy not trashy.
    I'd rather be noticed for my intelligence than my looks.
    I choose to have dignity and respect for my body.
    I'd rather be liked for who I am than for what I look like.
    If this makes me a loser, then so be it.

    I am not a follower.
    I control my own mind and make my own decisions.
    I stand up for what I believe in and defend my opinions.
    I'd rather be hated for being myself than liked for someone I am not.
    If this makes me a loser, then so be it.

    I am unique and one of a kind.
    I am who I am
    And will never change for anyone.
    I will always be me, now and forever.
    If this makes me a loser, then maybe I am.

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  18. 16. Just Because

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

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    Poems About Being Unique And Special

    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.
    Just because I get good grades, doesn't mean I'm a nerd.
    Just because teachers like me, doesn't mean I am a teacher's pet.
    Just because I am not a rebel, doesn't mean I'm scared.
    Just because I am quiet, doesn't mean I don't speak up for what I believe in.
    Just because I have morals, doesn't make me a goody two shoes.
    Just because I walk away from trouble, doesn't make me a pushover.
    Just because I think before I act, doesn't make me a loser.

    I am who I am, and this is who I shall forever be.
    I do not care what others think of me.
    Like me or not, that is your choice.
    Accept me for who I am.

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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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