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Society has a mold for every type of person you want to be. If you want to be “the girl next door” there’s a mold for that. You want to be the “nerd”, there’s a mold for that. Maybe you want to be the “rebel”, you may think you’re going against society, but there’s a mold for that one too! We as members of this society put these molds on others and even try to make ourselves fit into these molds. Whether it’s how we look or how we act, if we want to be a specific “mold”, we feel we have to be exactly what we’re told we should be. As women, we have a mold in itself that society has created for us. We have to be a certain, height, weight, wear certain clothes to make us sexy and have that perfect look! What doesn’t make sense is we are all our own person, we were all made to be unique and real. We can’t fit into a specific mold even if we tried.
The other day while on a run, a song came on my Pandora station.. it’s called Outcast by Kerrie Roberts. Her lyrics struck a chord with me as I thought about trying to fit certain expectations society places on us and what I felt like I should be to make others happy…
So what if I don’t look the part I’m supposed to play
What if I don’t follow all the rules they make
They think I should be perfect, they love it when I mess up
No grace in case I blow it, a good girl shouldn’t need it
I’m not good enough, I’m not what they want
But let me tell you what, I know who I am
So just throw me out for not fitting in
I will stand my ground and be an OUTCAST.
I thought really!? That’s the worst I can be, an OUTCAST in this crooked society? I can have my opinions, look and dress the way I want and that’s all I’ll be called. Yes, being different takes guts, a lot of them. Standing up for what you believe in and being the best person you can be with society telling you what they think is right and who you should be, it’s not easy. But at the end of the day when you look at yourself in the mirror and you see someone who has been true to herself, stood her ground in what she knows is right and didn’t worry about that mold society tells her to fit in, how can I not love myself because I was true to myself. I wasn’t meant for a mold. I was meant to break out of it! I have to remind myself of this everyday, but every time I go against the mold and make a way for myself, I find out who I am and learn to love myself because I know I’m being true to the person I want to be.
So go out there today and be an outcast!
Happy Tuesday, Friends!
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