Self – Transformation

A Student’s Journey

A Transformation


Kaherdin Charles


I can remember like it was yesterday. It was early in the morning, the birds hadn’t started chirping yet. Frost covered the windows and the sun was beginning rise.  I forced myself out of bed and headed for the bathroom. As I walked from my room to the bathroom I could see myself out of the corner of my eye in the mirror. When I returned to wash my hands the room began to transform. I felt myself looking into the mirror and instead of looking at what I could see, I was looking at what I couldn’t see.

Up until this point in my life I had a very poor self-image. I wasn’t very confident in myself. I thought other people were better than me, not realizing that we are all born with the same potential. At that moment I decided I wanted to change my self-image.   I wanted to become more confident. So, like any other college kid who is looking for an answer to life, I went to the library. Yeah, right?  No!  I googled “ways to boost self-image”.

The first link that popped up was “7 Ways to Increase Your Self-Image.”

  1. Eat Healthier. My response – fries are cheaper than apples, can’t do it.
  2. Read More Books. My response – textbooks are enough, no thank you, can’t do it.
  3. Dress Up. My response – if I dress up that means I have to do laundry, can’t do it.
  4. Groom Yourself.  My response – I can’t grow facial hair to save my life, can’t do it.
  5. Get More Sleep. My response – these steps really aren’t working for me.

6. Workout. My response – hmm, now I can do that! Play some basketball. Lift some heavy stuff and put it down. Who knows, by the end of the workout I could look like Hercules!

7. Practice these methods daily.

All these new ideas and possibilities began racing through my mind.  I closed my laptop, threw on some workout clothes, and headed to the gym. When I got there the doors were locked – it was Sunday and the gym doesn’t open until 1 PM.  So instead I decided to run a mile on the track.  It sure took me a long time to finish but I felt great once I did. The amount of energy I had was ridiculous.  I began to walk more confidently, my posture was more confident and I was truly amazed how quickly my self-image began to change. Simply by working out.

Here’s a funny irony, although I started out thinking I could only follow one of the suggestions, in the end I actually applied all seven! In order for this transformation to take place I had to be willing to make a change. Transforming isn’t comfortable, but it’s who you become that makes the difference. Incorporating physical fitness into my daily routine not only improved my self-image but also made me more excited about life.  My recommendation to anyone reading this is simple. Find a way to get more physically active. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes daily or weekly, you will see a significant difference in your lifestyle.

It wasn’t easy, but looking back I feel 100% better about where my life is now.