Pinterest and Instagram will try to make you believe that all it takes is a simple quote on a cute background to turn your frown upside-down. And while the idea is there, it’s very superficial. And usually I’m left in a deeper funk that where I started.
If I can be confident enough to wear something, despite my flaws/imperfections, then maybe, hopefully, others will feel inspired to feel comfortable enough in their own skin to do the same.
I know I’m not the only one who has suffered the pain from a generation that has fallen victim to isolation and disconnection, disregards the meaning of responsibility and commitment, lacks empathy and effective communication skills, and has learned to speak with their thumbs, not their voice. But we need to be stronger than that. We cannot practice the mistreatment we’ve endured ourselves on other people just because that has become “the thing” to do.
Our thoughts, the things we say, and the things we hear around us are all forms of nutrition. The terms we use turn into behaviors that slowly become normalized -when it’s not normal at all. Sometimes it gets so deeply ingrained in us, we don’t realize when those overheard phrases become beliefs, and soon enough, they’re the culprits to our shame, our fear, and our pain.
Your feelings are absolutely valid, so feel them for what they are. But know how you react to your feelings is going to make all the difference.
Yeah, our dating culture is very flawed. But I’m not going to let that scare me away or make me bitter. I’m not done having my fun just yet.
Dating “rules” are overrated. I’m getting rid of the stressors of being 21 and learning to live the prime time of my life to its absolute FULLEST. #BeBrave