My mom has always told me “Mija (Daughter), you can do anything if you put your mind to it because you are the most powerful person in your life.”
But I didn’t believe it until I recognized the power within myself. I remember being the shy middle-schooler, who always seemed to be the target of petty torment, usually about my adorable chubby frame. Most kids, though, didn’t see me as adorably chubby.
I remember being turned away from a table, classmates telling me that I wouldn’t fit in the empty seat. At one point, I thought enough was enough. I needed to recognize that I was the most powerful person in my life. What did I do to get back at ‘my haters’? I sang to them by performing at a 7th grade talent show.
My performance was the start of change within myself. My confidence began to grow. Once I recognized the power within, nothing could stop me.
This message is an excerpt of a Women of the ELCA blog by Victoria Contreras.
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