I received this in an email newsletter and LOVED IT! Such a good message of self-esteem and empowerment! I HAD to share it with you all!
Waking Up Full of Awesome
by Melissa Atkins Wardy
(Reprinted with permission)
There was a time when you were five years old,
and you woke up full of awesome.
You knew you were awesome.
You loved yourself.
You thought you were beautiful,
even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers.
You loved your body, and the things it could do.
You thought you were strong.
You knew you were smart.
Do you still have it?
Did someone take it from you?
Did you let them?
Did you hand it over, because someone told you weren't beautiful enough, thin enough, smart enough, good enough?
Why on earth would you listen to them?
Did you consider they might be full of crap?
Wouldn't that be nuts, to tell my little girl below that in another five or ten years she might hate herself because she doesn't look like a starving and Photoshopped fashion model?
Or even more bizarre, that she should be sexy over smart, beautiful over bold?
Are you freaking kidding me?
Look at her. She is full of awesome.
You were, once. Maybe you still are. Maybe you are in the process of getting it back.
All I know is that if you aren't waking up feeling like this about yourself, you are really missing out.
Melissa Atkins Wardy is the owner of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company offering apparel and gifts for children, inspired by the beauty of childhood. http://www.pigtailpals.com. She advocates and writes about issues involving gender stereotypes and the sexualization of childhood. You can read her blog at: http://blog.pigtailpals.com or find her on Facebook (Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies) and Twitter at @PigtailPals. It is time we change the way we think about childhood.