When opportunities come your way, I #DARE YOU to take them. No matter how scary they are, no matter how silly they are, and no matter how ridiculous they are. Sometimes you only get one chance. Sometimes that one chance is Gods way of preparing you for a journey you weren't expecting, or one you didn't believe was possible.
Im about to get a bit vulnerable again, but I think yall can handle it. Its what I do.
When I was a kid I was a chubby girl. I grew up in a family where I was the only chubby girl. I remember going to Thrifty at about age 11 or 12 and buying diet pills. I remember hiding them from my mom and taking them. I was so scared, but society said I wasnt worthy, society said this little girl wasnt capable, wasnt worth being happy, wasnt worthy of success or love. An 11 year old.
This 11 year old grew up dieting, exercising more than everyone else she knew. She tried all the fad diets, she tried all the eating cleans, the whole30s, paying for trainers, exercising 4 hours a day.
When her body would actually get thinner is when people would tell her she was beautiful, she was worthy of praise. When she was beating up her body and telling herself she was unworthy in the mirror is when society told her she was, worthy, she was beautiful, but she didnt believe it. She couldnt. The damage was already done. The cycles continued. She was the most unhealthy when thin.
Then one day....an opportunity came to her at a time in her life when everything was turned upside down. It was the scariest decision she ever made. What would people say? What would people think? Will they make fun of me? Will they judge me for the wrong reasons? But it was her chance to change the standard. It was her chance to take her life back. It was her decision to help others see their worth, their strength, how they can beat society's prison of lies. She wanted things to change for the better for more than just herself.
She took that opportunity. That opportunity landed her in magazines, landed her on the runways of New York Fashion Week, landed her in the midst of the fashion and modeling industry, just as she was. It changed her perspective. It helped other women see their worth, their beauty, their confidence and strength as well.
Anything is possible. By taking opportunitys you normally wouldnt, could change your life. I dare you to step out and choose YOU. I Dare you to take chances on yourself in areas you may not believe in YET. Who knows, you could change lives besides your own.
Without daring myself to take this opportunity I would have never been as healthy mentally and confident about myself as I am now. I am now battling a health condition that has made me gain weight, lose hair, and completely change my appearance. Without the opportunity I had taken to get me where I am at mentally this condition would have probably taken me out mentally. It probably would have completely defeated me.
We never know what one daring decision could do for us. It helped change so many perspectives of myself, it helped me have more confidence and acceptance in myself than i couldve ever imagined, it helped me teach other women that as well.
I dare you to take a chance on yourself. I dare you to take those opportunities. I dare you to say yes to self. You wont regret it.