Influenced By Our Mothers

“Men have been taught to grow out, women have been taught to grow in”;

“Spend enough time sitting across from someone and you pick up their habits. Thats why women in my family have been shrinking for decades.”;

“I asked five questions today, and all of them started with the word Sorry.”

This video really got me thinking about what it means to be a girl and how the women in our lives have influenced us. My grandmother is a thin woman who eats little, my grandfather is a round man who eats whatever he likes and says whatever he likes. Why is this so? Has this impacted me?

I think it has. I used to have terrible self confidence, sometimes I still do. But as I have grown, I have also learned to see my place in the world differently. This is one of the most important things I have learned. I will no longer say “sorry” for asking a question, I will not fear stating my opinion, and I will always be myself- no compromises.

Girls who are watching this- raise your voice and be BRAVE. Embrace your fears, and do something that scares you every day. Next time the opportunity presents itself I will speak in public. This makes my hands shake, my blood pulse, and my voice quicken. It is the most exhilarating experience, and it always leaves me feeling empowered.

Don’t be the girl who says “Sorry” because you feel guilty for taking space. Do not shrink yourself or your importance. You are incredible, you are strong,  you are beautiful.

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