by: Jonny Diaz
"Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn’t straight her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight
Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are
There could never be a more beautiful you
Don’t buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you
Little girl twenty-one the things that you’ve already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you’ve got a man but he’s got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead
Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there’s a man whose love is true
And he’ll treat you like the jewel you are
So turn around you’re not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It’s not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one who’s strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you’ll see through the eyes of a little girl"
I heard this song on the radio, this morning, on my way into work... and it caught me off guard a little. So true, and about a few things that most people ignore, whether it be because it's talked about too much (self-esteem) and we all think 'not me... I'm fine with me!' or because it's too uncomfortable to talk about 'no one actually starves themselves anymore. that's not realistic'.
Both are WAY wrong.
We all have days where we feel small or not put together. We all have times where we think we should probably skip the pasta and only eat a salad, instead. And where that's not wrong in itself, our reasons behind it usually are. So you may not go to these extremes, but it doesn't mean you're not affected by the very SAME thoughts that drive those who do.
Unfortunately, there are little girls who already think they're fat at WAY too young an age (as if there's any age that isn't too young to think that...) and there are girls who do still starve themselves, though you wouldn't necessarily know it by looking at them.
I've talked about this issue on here before, but it's one that is close to my heart for various reasons - I've had friends who've deeply struggled with these issues, and I've struggled with self-esteem for most of my life. Still do, in fact!
So I guess I'm just saying all of this to say: You're the most beautiful version of yourself today. But maybe you could make it a little better by remembering just that... because the ONE thing that truly makes a woman beautiful is when she feels it... when she feels like she's beautiful.
There's an extra hitch in her giddy-up or perk in her eye. You can just sense a bigger beauty about her. And that's what you need to remember, today...
... I'm just sayin ...
Friday, April 10, 2009
by: Jonny Diaz