Monday, September 26, 2011

Who Taught You?

In today's society we are so often not happy with who we are. I have taken courses all year that constantly remind me to accept myself for me, that I am beautiful just the way I am, and to love myself.

Living causes a scar, life casuses a scar...~My so called life

Songs from various artists encourage us to think better about ourselves.

James Blunt-You're Beautiful
Bruno Mars-Just the Way You Are
Mercy Me-Beautiful

The best thing I heard was today something I haven't heard yet. Who Taught You.

"Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind? Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don't want to be around each other? No... Before you come asking Mr. Muhammad does he teach hate, you should ask yourself who taught you to hate being what God made you."

(May 5 1962, Los Angeles)

In the TV show My So Called Life Angela opens up to her mother and tells her how she feels ugly and why she does is because her mother showed her how to think that way.

My So-Called Life
created by Winnie Holzman

Angela: Why don't you just admit it, okay?
Patty: Admit what?
Angela: That I'm ugly, okay?
Patty: What? How can you think--
Angela: By looking in the mirror, okay? By looking at you, the way you look at me. By the way you instruct me on how to wash my face so I don't get zits. Like you have to fix me, like you're ashamed of me. You expect me to be beautiful...'cause you're beautiful. Well, I'm sorry. I'm not. I'm just not.

Patty: Well, so now, the tables have turned, haven't they? I mean, I, like all women, am becoming less and less attractive in the eyes of the world, more and more expendable as I grow older. While you, like all men, are considered more desirable and more attractive the older you get. Of course, you'll die sooner.

"You think there's anybody in this world who truly believes they're
"Umm... RuPaul."
-My So-Called Life

Angela: People are always saying you should be yourself, like yourself is this definite thing, like a toaster. Like you know what it is even. But every so often I'll have, like, a moment, where just being myself in my life right where I am is, like, enough
-My So-Called Life

Just being myself is ENOUGH 

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