Hey friend, as someone who has struggled with these same feelings for a long time let me say that I’m sorry you have to deal with them. You’re not alone.
I have a rare medical condition and have tumors in my face, my head, and my neck. I’ve always been self-conscious of the way I look, and for a long time I always approached any type of social interaction with a “reject them before they can reject you mentality”.
I don’t want to be the one to invalidate your feelings, but let me tell you as someone who held that type of resentment for a long time, that is NOT something you want to hold on to. It serves no purpose in your life other than to hurt your own heart and to sink yourself deeper into a pit of defensiveness and isolation. You need to learn to let it go, to let others be who they are and for you to be you and being comfortable in that. How you do that is up to whatever works best for you; it could be talking to someone, or it could be writing about it like you did here.
I want you to try looking at things through this lens: the individuals you see as “beautiful” or as “attractive” cannot do anything about their looks anymore than what you can about whatever you believe your own flaws are. Just as they enjoy taking pride in their looks, I would encourage you to find reasons to take pride in yourself as well; learning to love yourself allows you to appreciate yourself deeper than your surface features, and demonstrates those values to those around you as well. Take up a hobby, take pride in your work, volunteer somewhere, however you can love for yourself needs to come before anybody else. You attract more PEOPLE to you by being a better human being, not for how you do or don’t look.
It’s completely normal, especially as a young person, to want to find a relationship especially when it seems like everyone around you is in one. But none of this is worth the cost of giving up on yourself because you don’t feel like you can meet some arbitrary societal standard of attractiveness. Pardon my language, but fuck society. They’re not the ones who have to live your life, you do. For your own sake, be the best you that you can be.
I would really encourage you to talk to someone man, I would hate to see you become another person stuck in this resentful mindset. If you’re open to it, HeartSupport has a 7-day free trial with BetterHelp: https://heartsupport.com/resources/
There are lyrics in a song by the band August Burns Red called ‘Meridian’, and they read “I am the painter - making this mess - a masterpiece”. Turn your life into a work of art. You are the painter, treat it with care and respect, and be kind to yourself when you mess up because it only has to be beautiful in your eyes to be complete.
You’re not alone @DPP21. You’re loved. Hold fast.