In this very moment, join me in accepting yourself exactly as you are. As we parade on through our days it’s easy to get lost in our negative voices that poison our brains. Our minds begin to become filled with lies. We begin to believe we are not good enough.
You may not be where you want in life, but in this very moment accept where you are. We as a society fear rejection, we fear not being accepted, we FEAR, FEAR, FEAR. I am here to remind you that you matter and everything will be okay. Your struggles don’t define you, but help make you stronger.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
For me, I have always been the type of person that tried to please EVERYBODY. I was so afraid of what others would think of me, so I would do anything to try to do my best to mold into what I thought would work best. Throughout high school I was so scared of being judged on my sexuality, so like many, I began to bury this secret.
Finally, I realized in order for me to be truly happy, I must face my biggest fear. I had to face the reality of being confident with my sexuality. It’s something that rarely is talked about in America on a deeper level, so I felt as if I was drowning in my own thoughts. It wasn’t until I saw Don Lemon on CNN come out that I felt confident in embracing the unknown. When I saw him take that leap, I knew I still could be a successful person. It sounds crazy, but that is how I was thinking.
“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away” ~ Raymond Hull
When we let go of worrying about what others think of us, we begin to find the path towards happiness. I knew that in order for me to be truly happy I would have to be honest with myself, and then my family. When others judge you it does not reflect you, it truly reflects back on them. All you can do is be the best you can be.
Life is too short for judgment. Life is full of struggle, as you trek through your days make an effort to bring light into others lives. You never know what those around you are going through. A simple smile goes a long way.
Be you! You matter.
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” ~ E.E. Cummings
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Joey Parker is editor-in-chief of The Joey Parker Movement and contributing writer for MTV Act. He is passionate about ending human trafficking & creating a brighter future. Find Joey at http://www.thejoeyparkermovement.com/ , Facebook, and @TheJoeyParker.