Pic: Women’s March
I know that there have been plenty of articles about this subject already but I have been doing some deep thinking lately and really felt inclined to share. I’m sure we are all perfectly aware of the things going on in the world (especially our own country) right now and these are just a few of my opinions and thoughts on the matter. I have been writing this since I heard about the march. I have just been trying to figure out what to say, and I hope these words are taken with love. Also, I do not want to get into a political debate, that is not what this is about. Please refrain from any of those comments.
I am not someone who supported or was against the women’s march. I myself, wouldn’t have marched, but that’s a personal choice. The things the ladies were marching for specifically I don’t totally support, but that’s another topic for another day.
I am incredibly amazed by the peacefulness of the march. Many protests in today’s society are violent and include massive terrorization of the cities they themselves call home. So, I am very impressed by the way the whole thing was handled.
Society is all about telling us what to be, what to wear, how our bodies should look, how we should eat, etc. Society does not rule out lives. We do. The only way we can even attempt to overtake these insane views the media and society, as a whole, put on us is to stand together and “march” against it. Women tend to be the first ones to criticize the media and society, yet they continue to tear one another down. I am guilty of it just as much as anyone else. We need to start making a conscious effort as women to lift each other up.
– And I will say that I am proud of the brands that have stopped using photoshop and accepting all models. We are definitely making steps in the right direction.
I almost transferred high schools because I got bullied and talked about. I was miserable and a lot of people knew what was happening and they would join in on it. No one tried to help. I didn’t have anyone on my side and it was a horrible time in my life. I was helpless. I look back on my middle school and early high school years and feel so bad for that young girl. She was weak and scared. She had some amazing friends, but most of them were not at the same school. If I had other girls standing behind me and helping me through that time I would have probably really enjoyed that time in my life. I know I am not the only one who has had these experiences, but we can put an end to that. IF we can stand together and stand by the side of our fellow women and especially young girls.
I have tried so hard to make an effort to all the women I know and the ones I don’t. I have gone out of my way to talk to the girls who seem sad or seem like they don’t have many friends. I know that by doing those small things, just being a friend or just saying “hello” to someone new can make someone’s day so much better. This has also made my own life better. It has given me fulfillment and meaning. I have seen a change in myself and the relationships I have. I know so many people try to be kind. I read stories daily of women lifting up other women and it makes my heart so happy. Could you imagine if 1/2 or even 1/4 of us did that every day, though? This world would be a better and safer place.
I know many strong and beautiful women, and you want to know the things that make them so wonderful? They are full of love. They are forgiving. They don’t let what others think about them bring them down. They stand up for other people and other women. They are 100% themselves 100% of the time. That is what’s wonderful about them.
I could list a ton of ladies I admire and look up to (most are even in my own family), but those women are already trying, doing, and practicing these things.
Could you imagine a world where we don’t body shame? Or a world where media and society have no power over us? Or a world where we don’t speak ill of other women?
I can, and it is a beautiful place that we should all strive to be a part of.
I may not support the things the women were marching for, but I do support them standing up together and loving one another. I am happy to live in a world where we were and are able to peacefully stand together, but there is more we need to be doing in our daily lives. That was one day, we need to be doing these things and standing with other women every. single. day.
1 John 4: 18 There is no fear in ; but perfect casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in .
Romans 13: 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Next time you overhear someone being mean to their waitress, tell her she’s worthy of kindness. Next time you see that girl in the bathroom crying, tell her how beautiful she is. Next time you overhear someone being brought down by others, take a stand against it. You can make a huge impact in someone’s life.