We are thrilled to introduce our guest blogger, and an amazing young woman, Ali Tucci. Ali is a recent college graduate who shows us today’s world through the eyes of a young woman.
–Mary & Claire
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I used to tell myself that all the time growing up. I’m twenty-two years old now, and I’m not so sure that I believe in that mantra anymore. Words do cause pain- and not just emotional pain. Words can hurt you to your core, down to your very bones. And not just words that other people might say to us, but also the words we hear in our own heads. The words that we tell ourselves when we look in the mirror and don’t like what we see.
But words can also do the exact opposite. Words have the power to uplift the soul. Words can help that shy girl in your class find self-esteem and come out of her shell. Words can put a smile on your face even during the saddest of days. So let’s start there, with those types of words. I’d like to encourage everyone who reads this to set a goal for the next couple of days or so. When you look in the mirror, when you scroll through Instagram or Facebook, when you’re with your friends and family, say something positive. Tell yourself what a great hair day you’re having, not that you look fat in those jeans. You know that giddy feeling that you get when somebody leaves a really nice comment on your latest Instagram post? Well, pass that feeling along to someone else- a friend, a sibling, a totally random girl in the grocery store. We, collectively, as the powerful girls that we truly are, should try our best to stand together and make a change. Let’s start complimenting each other. Let’s join together and lift each other up with words, instead of bringing each other down. Let’s make a positive change. Because it will never end if it does not change.
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