I think as parents we always hope that our kids will learn from our shortcomings. I do. I hope that my kids see that they are the captains of their destiny no matter where that will take them. I hope that they have the courage to believe in their inner beauty and not listen to the swarms of people lining up to tell them they are not pretty enough, thin enough, tall enough... ENOUGH!! Please listen to one of my favorite GLEE (yes I am a GLEEK!) smashups... I will wait... I Feel Pretty/ Unpretty mashup
I am a product of what other people think of me. My parents and family love me unconditionally but the world is much crueler! It has taken me a LOOOOOOOONG time to stop listening to them and start listening to the inner me. It wasn't until I heard Shane Koyczan do his To This Day poem that it really hit me... I need to define my own beauty, not follow what others believe about beauty. I want this more than anything for my children. I want them to ignore everything that society is telling them about BEAUTY and just to BE BEAUTIFUL, whatever that means to them. When someone says to James, "You look just like your mum," I don't want him to be clouded by other people's perception of my physical appearance but his understanding of who I am in his world. Following his own understanding of what that means.
|Me and James at approximately the same age. Freaky isn't it!|