I’ve always had problems with anxiety. Example: I will throw on an outfit to go hang out with some friends. Once I’m out and about having a good time, anxiety. Because I just thought of something better I could have worn. Yeah yeah, I know. It’s crazy. Another more realistic example of my anxiety is deciding what I want to do in life.
I know for a fact that I want to inspire others. I just want the little things I do to change lives. That’s it. That’s what I want out of life. The only problem is I was never sure how to go about doing this. My best friend suggested, “Be a teacher! It’s perfect.” But that’s not me. I don’t want to live the rest of my life based on a lesson plan. (No offense to teachers. You are extremely inspiring.) What am I going to do??
In the summer of 2013, I started a process. I asked myself a series of questions: Who needs to be inspired? What makes me come out of my shell and lead a discussion? What is my passion?
One day, I opened my laptop and went to the MSN homepage. More celebrity news. But this time was different. I looked at the women who were featured in the top stories. I could only think of one word. Processed. All I noticed was the makeup, the hair, the “perfect” bodies. But who says they’re the beautiful ones? Who says organic can’t be beautiful? We do. We have accepted these images and strive to become more like them.
By this point I had decided it’s women who need to be inspired. Especially young girls. They grow up seeing these simple, unnatural ideas of beauty. It becomes engraved in their brains that they have to use this makeup, and wear that clothing line, and get this hairstyle to be liked by others.
So I am very happy to say that I have found my passion. Body image is a real problem and is often overlooked. I want to change that. I want women to understand that there is more than one definition of beauty.