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'You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”

Friday, February 22, 2013

My oldest daughter recently wrote this to me in a graduation card. It was my graduation from college with my bachelor of science degree. I graduated summa cum laude which is highest honors. I am 58. I have been working on that as a personal goal for my whole life. I had many stops and starts given how life sometimes gets in the way but I kept on trudging along a little at a time when I could because it was important to me. I always felt inferior to other people. I always felt that I was fat and stupid. That's hard to overcome when you have been told that as a young child. I still struggle with it but I still trudge on through life. I'm happy to have lost all the weight that I have and have gained my educational degree. But, I still have a lot to learn. I want to learn and to keep going and hopefully help others along the way.

When I read that on my card, I cried because she knew that's how I was feeling. At the graduation ceremony, someone walked across the stage and her sorority sisters yelled that out to her. I was in tears again. The girl next to me said, "Awh, let me give you a hug!" It was sweet.

We are all connected in many ways. We all have the same insecurities. But, we can all be strong women with support from our family and friends.
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