I love me some Idie.arie. She speaks truth eloquently in many, many ways. The song I Am Not My Hair resonates loudly for me today. For one, after reading my daughter, Apricot's blog, I was shocked at the callousness that advertisers (some of them) have adopted to gain sales. Do they realize that little girls are now struggling with self-esteem issues?
I interviewed a well known celebrity that told me that her niece is 8 years old and thinks she's fat and has asked her how to lose weight. When I worked at the elementary school, I had a little one that was 5 years old who wouldn't eat because she was afraid she was going to be "fat" like her mommy. The mom came into the office, distraught and crying because she was beside herself with what to do to get her to eat. The little one had cookies, candy, fruit, yogurt, cheese, pretzels...anything offered to her and she'd say, "No thank you." Finally it came down to telling her that she's got to pick one item and eat over half of it. That's SAD!!!!
My beautiful niece thinks that she's not pretty because her hair isn't long and "straight" like Beyonce's and the rest of the weave wearers. She is very tiny yet, her peers are all on starvation diets so she feels guilty eating so she doesn't. What is up here???
I was at the doctor's office today because of my sniffing, sneezing, snorting, issue and there was a lady in the office who had cancer. Her hair was finally starting to grow back. She said (which totally shocked me) that if she was told that she could have 6 more months to live if she had treatments that caused her to lose her hair, she would rather die. What?????? She'd rather die than spend 6 more precious months with her family and friends?
I'm sorry but as much as I believe that I have plenty of weight to lose. I don't like my face quite a few mornings when I get up. I hate, hate, hate that I have keloids (another post, another day) but I am who I am and I love that I am here to not worry about the outside of me as much as I am more concerned about the insides. I don't look at people by the size they are, the color of their skin or even the texture or length of their hair. I love, appreciate, embrace, cherish those people in my life because of the beauty they possess on the inside.
If I'm wrong...please tell me why you think I'm wrong in feeling the way I do.
Lover of God, my awesome husband, Pastor J, my kids, bonus kids, furkids and chocolate. I'm a writer, with a passion for anything creative. I am silly, clumsy, honest, faithful and often times, pathetic but so thankful that God loves me just as I am.