Body Positivity & Individuality
your body, your control
A tidbit of advice from your GGAL Mentor, Samantha:
As you develop both mentally and physically you start to discover who you are and what you believe. It is important to discover what will make you happy and what goals you would like to reach to become the person you want to be. Many times in our society, young women are pushed to feel that they are just objects of beauty and that beauty is what they should strive for. However, women, just as much as the next gender or sex, are strong and hold many talents that they can foster and use to make change all the while moving forward and growing who they are each step of the way.
Every person is different and nobody looks the same. We are all beautiful in our own way and behind every unique and special exterior there is a wonderful interior. Your skills and knowledge and strength can bring you far and help you create a fulfilling life. Confidence, positivity and happiness will follow if you realize your potential for success and are able to celebrate your identity with pride. We truly do have the freedom to be who we want to be. We don’t have to strive to be people we are not, and we also do not have to conform to what the larger society wants of us.
If you want to wear that outfit, do it. If you want to play that sport, do it. If you want to pursue that career, absolutely do it.
Following your dreams and working hard will bring you happiness in the end. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and that is something to be proud of. There is only one you in this world and you are amazing!
—Samantha, GGAL Mentor