It seems since becoming a mother, I am far more sensitive to these things than I used to be. Whether I'm the victim, or someone else, it affects me differently now. I hurt for others being treated this way. I hope and pray that my son won't have to feel that pain, or ever cause that kind of pain. Although, sadly, I'm sure one, or both, will happen at some point in time.
It seems technology has only helped the bullies of the world. They hide behind their phones and computers and say cruel, heartless things that they can never take back. Never once thinking of how they might affect the lives of others.
I'd wager we've all been affected by hurtful words at some point or another. Maybe you've been criticized for your size or appearance. Maybe you've been made to feel worthless. Maybe you've worked so hard to meet expectations and feel like a failure when those aren't achieved. Maybe you don't feel beautiful enough because of photo shopped models or hurtful comments directed your way. Maybe someone has broken your heart and you can't imagine how you will ever feel whole again. Maybe you shy away due to a lack of confidence. Maybe you watch life go by from the sidelines because you worry about what others might think.
They're lies. All of it.
You are perfect the way you are. You are strong. You are beautiful, no matter your size. Embrace your imperfections. Imperfections are what makes us unique. It's what makes us who we are. Be brave. Be confident. Smile through everything. Leave the sidelines and dance your life away. You are worth it. Worth everything and anything you can possibly ever want or dream of.
Don't let anyone ever tell you differently.