When I was a kid, I overheard someone say to someone in my life "she's going to be a big girl when she's older".... Just like that. A comment I wasn't suppose hear crushed me, my sense of self and my fragile young body image in an instant. I don't know if she meant it...maybe she didn't mean it the way it sounded but It sure stuck.
It stuck for life. Am I a "big girl", will I be "a big girl?" "Will I be different, un worthy or unloveable?" Questions no kid should ever have pass through their mind in an instant hit me like a ton of bricks... Words hurt, words cut and for some they stay.
I don't remember how old I was and I don't remember the details but I damn well remember how that moment made me feel.
You know those defining moments in your life, the ones that you have no clue they had such an impact until years later? The ones that stick with you and even become stories you hold on to for years?
Do you have one of those?
That story stuck with me my whole life but I'm grateful for it because it led me to now.
It led me to never wanting any other girl or woman to feel the way I felt. It helped catapult me on a mission, the one I am just getting started on to help you. To help those who have felt the way I have.
We acknowledge what others say hurts but we forget that the most damage that can be done, is by the things we say to ourselves daily.
For all those ladies who have ever felt negatively about themselves, who have ever had a nasty thought about their body or had someone say something. For every woman who has ever looked in the mirror and hated what she saw.
I am here for you, to tell you that you aren't alone and you are absolutely beautiful. Yes you. Right this second, right here and now. You are beautiful, worthy, not alone and it's your time to shine.
Embrace those stories and then let them go. Let's write new ones, ones of empowerment, ones of what it means to love ourselves fully and ones that say I am me. Unapologetically me. ❤ #truth #vulnerability #mystory