I am a #beautifulwarrior!
What my FaceBook profile tells the world:
If you look only at my display pictures, you will see a girl who smiles a lot – a smile that makes her cheeks look like apples and her eyes crinkle up at the sides. A girl with a few close friends, and with a husband she loves. A girl with three kids that are seriously cute (I am not at all biased). A girl who is passionate about her chosen social causes. You might even guess that she has a quirky side, that time I dressed as a zombie stayed as my display picture for months!
My timeline tells a similar story. Funny videos of my cats. Posts from friends and family with some grammar nerd jokes. A lot of statuses about the stupid and funny things that are said or done by the children. Lots of passion for my team (Go Eagles!) and for those same social causes. Family members sharing recipes, and photos of my own cooking that show a tendency to bake. And messages from my husband to tell me he tried my phone but it is on silent yet again.
THIS IS NOT ME!
Well, it is a little. It’s part of who I am – it is my public face. We all have one, and it’s stupid. Why do we feel the need to put our face on?
#beautiful warriors shows that everyone is a real person, not just the persona they show to the world on social media. We aren’t alone, us butterflies with broken wings; we are together. We all post something that we wouldn’t ordinarily share on our social media, something that is kept out of sight of that “perfect” façade we present to the world.
I have just been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have been struggling for a few years with my self-worth, with feeling unhappy, and with thinking about suicide. I am finally being treated for it, seeing a psychologist, taking active steps to regain control of my own happiness. But I am told it is a long process, and I am only starting my journey back out of this dark place.
When I was little, for as long as I can remember, until I was 12, I was sexually abused by my father. Growing up, I had some of the “classic” symptoms that teachers are now encouraged to report to admin in kids – withdrawn, difficulty making friends and keeping friends...
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Six months ago we came up with a concept of "warriors" as a theme for a photoshoot for Sunbella because, let's be honest; you need to have courage to carry a parasol (regardless of how stylish it is) and it is essentially a shield that can prevent some skin cancer battles.