From the outside, everyone looks like they’re doing ok.
But on the inside, we are all struggling.
We want to project a certain image into the world. But by doing that, we’re hiding who we really are.
We beat up on ourselves. More than we realize.
And we operate from places of fear and insecurity, instead of kindness and love.
And when we do that, we beat up on others too.
Is it possible that four letters on your arm can be a reminder that you are already more than enough?
I think it was about a year ago that a new (at the time), particularly bad@$$ friend of mine gave me a bracelet with beads that spelled out BAMF. And it took me a minute -- which really means way more than a minute -- to acclimate. Because I don't think of myself that way.
I am an overthinker.
I am super-sensitive and way more insecure than most people imagine.
I happen to know that a lot of what I've accomplished has been motivated by fear.
Fear of failure.
Fear of embarrassment.
Fear of not fitting in.
Fear that nobody else will take care of me if I don't take care of myself.
Ultimately, probably, fear of not being loved.
But I started wearing that bracelet. And I started to notice that it helped me feel secure like I do when I put on a great pair of (Superfun Yoga) pants.
I find confidence.
I find strength.
I find kindness for myself and others.
And I find myself smiling at strangers on the street.
So let’s start a movement.
Let’s stand in our own power.
Let’s treat ourselves and others with kindness.
Let’s know that we are Beautiful And Most Fabulous
Let’s Be Authentic My Friends
Let’s walk tall, like the BAMFs that we are!
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