As the daughter of an Army service member, Tegan’s life was marked by constant relocation every couple of years. This nomadic lifestyle has shaped her need for acceptance and validation from others, as making new friends became a regular part of her reality. The pressure to be liked and fit into new social circles added an extra layer of challenge to her life, leading her to consistently question her own worth and fear being replaced by someone deemed “better.” In this candid interview, Tegan opens up about the impact of social media and the toll it can take on one’s self-esteem. With the accessibility that technology provides, she discusses the dichotomy of receiving both positive and negative comments. Tegan shares how she tends to hyper-fixate on negative remarks, causing doubts and fluctuations in her self-worth. The constant scrutiny and judgment from online platforms have made her question how to find happiness and authenticity in the digital world while struggling offline. Tegan’s journey sheds light on the importance of self-acceptance and navigating societal pressures in a world that often scrutinises appearances and health struggles.
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September 8, 2023