"I know that this process of 'me changing my life' doesn't just end once I set fire to this list of things I hate about myself. Tonight isn't as much of a new beginning as it is a violent end and I know the real work hasn't even started yet."-Jennifer Elisabeth
As an instructor who teaches critical thinking to many at-risk students, I often use this quote in my last week of class. Many of my classes are filled with women much like you and I. Strong women. Women who have overcome some type of adversity and are pushing forward in the effort to overcome their obstacles. Women in particular, do not have the sense of the power that they truly hold in today's society. We look at the color of our skin, maybe the wrinkles on our brow, or the rolls of flab on our body and shy away from looking in the mirror. Over time, our sense of self erodes. Honestly, I can freely admit I used to be one of those people who would never look in the mirror because I did not like what I saw. One day I decided to throw all that out of the window and change my attitude. I know, we all know, we should not do that to ourselves. We should stay positive and stand strong. Hold our heads high, walk tall, and be proud of who we are and what we have accomplished thus far in our lives. To me the idea of lighting a fire to all of the things I hate about myself is not only about moving forward personally, but also moving forward professionally. I believe that amazing things will come our way when we stay positive and keep a strong sense of self. As I always, say #powertothepositive.
Elisabeth, J. (2014). Quotes about self reflection. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/self-reflection