This week was an eye opener to me. You may or may not have seen a video that surfaced of a teenage girl spitting nothing but profanities. While I was shocked (flabbergasted to say the least); I experienced emotions such as anger and ultimately sadness.
How does a young, beautiful girl come to conclusion that embarrassing ,not only herself ,but also her family, is anything but vulgar? While I'm sure she won't live that video down for a long time to come, I also hope something positive can come from her sudden notoriety.
In the video there is one thing that stood out for me. She says ,after listing a few physical attributes, "I am not conceited, I just love myself ". While her idea of self esteem or idea of self love is obviously distorted, it got me thinking. How can I turn such a terrible situation into something we can all learn from?
Hence ,I decided on the hastag #ijustlovemyself. The plan is to get us all to practice self love but list all the things that the naked I can't see. Things like the fact that you are a good friend, or you just completed your first marathon. Things that make your heart happy.
List them, tweet them, share them for the world to see. (Please tag me if you can @CkoBlog)
The young lady in question will probably not see this post but, if she does I hope she realizes this : as women we are already under so much scrutiny from everyone else, we need to be kind and supportive towards each other. We are all so much more than our appearance. We are strong. We are beautiful. No one should make us believe any different.
TILL LATER, LAUREN!