There is so much meaning to this quote as it applies to our daily lives! Believing in oneself is something that many women have a hard time doing. With the daily hustle and bustle of life, it is a challenge to be self-motivated and engage within oneself. I know from first hand experience…..
Thinking back to my 20’s…..I was ecstatic about becoming a newscaster! It was all I talked about becoming during high school! I idolized Oprah Winfrey and so wanted to be a woman of that caliber and grace! Upon interviewing for the Broadcast Communications Program, I was rejected. I didn’t understand. I had maintained all A’s in my pre-requisites, I had completed my internships etc. Being pulled to the side and told that I was ” too heavy to be on TV” was a humiliating event in my life. I took the rejection and the denial and saw it as my limitation. Not only that I began to develop “body issues.” This led to a track of taking prescription weight loss pills, drinking slim fast to cure “hunger,” and limiting to myself to a caloric intake of 800-1100 calories a day…..I did not believe in myself. I felt like a failure and abolished my dream career.
As a student at Kentucky State University, I had very motivating professors. They sparked that fire back in me! This led me to turn toward my second love which was literacy. However, the words, ” fat, heavy, rejected, denied” stayed with me. I did not believe I could any longer.
Looking back now at that experience I have my regrets. I have developed characteristics that I did not hold at that time. I now emphasize the following each morning in the mirror when I see myself:
” I can”
” I will”
Life is short Queens….live it to its fullest capability. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t. Make it a habit to tell yourself 3 positives about you every single day! Believe in yourself and know that you can and you will!