Naomi Osaka Says She's Going to 'Celebrate Myself More' as She Reflects on Big Career Moments
Naomi Osaka is speaking her truth!
On Sunday, the 23-year-old professional tennis player penned a candid statement on Instagram, sharing that she is going to "celebrate myself and my accomplishments more."
Sharing a carousel of photos and videos that she described as "some tennis memories over the past year that mean a lot to me" in the caption of her post, Osaka began the message by stating that she's been "reflecting" over the past year.
Noting that she is "so grateful for the people around me because the support I feel is completely unparalleled," Osaka said that she has recently been asking herself, "Why do I feel the way I do and I realize [sic] one of the reasons is because internally I think I'm never good enough."
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Osaka revealed that despite her many accomplishments, she's never told herself "good job."
"I've never told myself that I've done a good job but I do know I constantly tell myself that I suck or I could do better," she added. "I know in the past some people have called me humble but if I really consider it I think I'm extremely self deprecating. Every time a new opportunity arises my first thought is, 'wow, why me?'"
Continuing her open note, Osaka had a change of perception, writing, "I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm gonna try to celebrate myself and my accomplishments more, I think we all should."
Osaka then encouraged her followers to also cherish even the smallest wins.
"You got up in the morning and didn't procrastinate on something? Champion. Figured something out at work that's been bugging you for a while? Absolute legend," she continued. "Your life is your own and you shouldn't value yourself on other people's standards."
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"I know I give my heart to everything I can and if that's not good enough for some then my apologies but I can't burden myself with those expectations anymore," the sports star added. "Seeing everything that's going on in the world I feel like if I wake up in the morning that's a win."
Closing out her poignant message, Osaka concluded, "That's how I'm coming."
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Osaka's message comes after she spoke out about her mental health earlier this year, stating that she's grappled with depression and anxiety.
The athlete withdrew from the French Open in May, citing anxiety surrounding media interviews and confirming that she'd been facing depression since winning the US Open in 2018. The next month, she then withdrew from Wimbledon to take "personal time" before competing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, where she fell in the third round.
Osaka was met by praise from countless other athletes, including Michael Phelps, who opened up about their own mental health journeys and cheered on her candidness.
While speaking with PEOPLE last week, Osaka said, "I never thought about speaking my mind as something that was difficult. I really just wanted to express my true feelings and be honest with not only myself but to others about struggles. The more we can all be open the more we can help each other be better."
And since then, Osaka has realized she's helped many. "It has been really nice to feel supported not only by my family, team and brand partners but also by the fans and fellow athletes," she said. "I was most surprised to hear from so many people that they, too, had been struggling but we afraid to speak up."