So a lot of you have probably heard of the new movie that Amy Schumer just released called 'I Feel Pretty.' And what I'm here to tell you is: YOU NEED TO GO SEE IT! A few friends and I spent our Monday night eating Panera and going to see this movie and it was honestly 2 of the best hours I've ever spent in a movie theater. The message was on point, the soundtrack even better, and I left with such an inspired mentality surrounding self-image and the power of positivity.
A lot of you that follow me on Instagram saw my post during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week that I have struggled for over ten years with eating disorders, self-esteem issues, and anxiety surrounding my appearance. It's been a very long and winding road full of more ups and downs to count both mentally and physically. During the worst of times it has affected my relationships, friendships, and work environments and seemed that when I was in the most negative frame of mind that everything else seemed to spiral out of control too. Because I hated the person I was seeing in the mirror I assumed that everyone else was hating what they saw too which led to even lower self esteem and lower confidence. It was honestly a vicious cycle and one that I'm happy to say I have gotten myself out of through counseling, self-help, and the power of time.
The premise of the movie is that Amy Schumer hits her head and knocks undeniable beauty into herself. The thing is, she's the exact same 'her' she was before- same body, same hair, same face, same clothes, same everything... just with the presence of extreme confidence. With that confidence she accomplishes things that she hadn't before such as landing an amazing boyfriend, having other attractive men swoop in to try to steal her, and landing her absolute dream job with an even bigger promotion on top of it. These things all happen because she exudes confidence with every step she takes and move she makes, even while physically being the same as she's always been. The only difference is that now she sees her beauty and abundantly loves herself. Of course this is a movie so things always go wrong and in this case she hits her head again making her lose this positive mindset and making her afraid to hold on to the things she's accomplished with the re-emerging fear that she isn't good enough. Fortunately she has a come-to-Jesus moment and realizes that in both scenarios she looked the exact same and that she really could accomplish anything if she just believed in herself a little more. It was a wonderful happy ending that left me in good tears as the lights came back on.
This movie was a lesson that we all need to learn and accept. I know something I've struggled with and still have to conscientiously tell myself every day is that I am good enough. You are good enough. We are all good enough. Each and every one of us as females is exactly who we are supposed to be. We have marks to leave on this world, lives to touch, and love to make. Unfortunately we have been taught to think the opposite and it embeds fear of being true to ourselves which is a tremendous loss of potential that we have to share with the world.
I'm here to stress the fact that this taught fear needs to end. We are all capable to reaching our dreams, achieving our goals, and changing the world. All it takes is a little confidence in doing so, a lesson that was taught in this movie. We are all beautiful, smart, talented, funny, charismatic, tenacious, and ambitious women that can do absolutely anything if we just put our mind to it. I can personally attest to the fact that when I've felt good about myself, loved myself, and valued my own worth that all of the other aspects of my life seemed to positively fall into place. Basically when I hated myself I was in a vicious cycle of things going wrong, but when I began to love myself I began a new cycle of things continuing to go right. It's really a beautiful thing and something that I wish for all of the beautiful and strong women out there.
So I challenge you to fight the status quo, unlearn the things you've been taught that have made you doubt yourself, and crush your dreams. Because you're gorgeous, amazing, smart, and have every ability to crush whatever goals you're setting. Take it from me... take it from Amy Schumer... and take it from all of the amazing and courageous women that I've made history and paved the way for you to make history too!