With such a massive focus on imperfection, we lose our focus on what we should be doing—lifting one another to be the best version of ourselves.
Some of you know that I was a dressmaker for years. It wasn’t the work that kept me going; it was the moments. The uplifting moments I had with women.
To spend a vulnerable moment with another woman and know at this moment, you can help this woman feel empowered within her skin. This is a choice, a choice to not judge but to embrace and support. All you need to see is her without jealously or spite.
Today I look in the mirror no longer a size 8 or even a 12, mostly a happy size 16, working every day to love myself, rejecting all those comments about my body shape, all those inclusive “chubby girl” comments. And I choose to say:
"Actually, Dude, I am really happy, and I love myself because this is what I have, and I am enough. Can I help you love yourself more?"
Today I urge you, when you look at other women walking past, smile. A simple smile can brighten a day, and it can be the effortless change we need to move forward without jealously and without spite.
Remember, we never know the other person’s journey. Let’s work together and create a ‘massive’ circle of empathy.
Our Days can only get brighter.