Do you ever have a song that just speaks to you? I know it isn't a new song, but lately I have been obsessed with the song Beautiful by Christina Aguilera (I'm actually listening to it as I write this post.).
Every day is so wonderfulThen suddenly, it's hard to breathe
Now and then, I get insecure
From all the pain, I'm so ashamed
I am beautiful no matter what they say
Words can't bring me down
I am beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can't bring me down
So don't you bring me down today
Each and every time I hear this song I think about this blog and those that find their way to it each day. I think about the patients at the children's hospital I work at that just need a little pick me up.
The hardest thing for me is hearing that a reader or a patient or friend is feeling down on themselves, especially because of someone else's words or actions. That when they look in the mirror they can't say, "I look good today," or "I'm important," or "I make a difference." Sadly, I hear this over and over again.
My BFF jokes with me all the time. He will say to me,
"Jamie, I just wait for the day when you say, I look bad today."
Want to know my response to him?
In our society, when so much seems to be judged on appearances, I understand the pressures people feel about their looks. My entire life I have felt like I have had to prove myself because of my disability. It isn't "normal" to society to have someone like myself be in the forefront of things, and that is exactly where I like to be!
When I was in high school and college I was in show choir, I have been in advertisements on billboards, on the side of buses, in TV commercials, radio, magazines, online, in a movie, etc. For the past eight years I have been in the PR field; again in the public eye. I have never let my disability or people's impressions of me or what I look like derail me from going after what I want.
The lyrics in this song simply affirm my beliefs that we are all beautiful in our own way and we need to believe that we are deserving of all we desire! I refuse to let someone's negativity dictate the way I feel about myself or determine what I will accomplish.
The key is to believe in yourself. If you are having one of those down moments, choose one thing; just one thing about yourself that you are proud of and build from there. You will surprise yourself with just how impactful speaking those positive words over your life can be!