So. With that in mind, I'm going to give you a few pieces of information before I get started on the big document ;) I am an advocate of people. I have a very hard time with people who want to be treated differently from others. I hesitate to use the word feminist* as the word itself implies 'for females'. I don't believe in that. I believe in everyone being equal and being judged upon their actions, not their gender, race, religion or otherwise. I am not saying that any particular group is seeking more than equality, I'm just explaining why I don't like to associate with any one group in particular!
* I know the meaning is different, the word just has connotations now
With that out of the way, here is my Womanifesto! I wish I had more time to make it more poetic, but as usual, you're going to get some random stream-of-consciousness from me! Like it or lump it ;)
I am Shell and I am unique, thoughtful, respectful, creative, intelligent and kind. I love these things about myself and I will not change them to suit others expectations or insecurities.
I am proud of my body and I respect it. I will feed it with good, wholesome food and not overindulge (except on special occasions ;P) or take the easy way out. I will exercise my body to keep it fit and healthy as I age. I WILL NOT be made to feel guilty for this by anyone. This is my choice and responsibility to myself and those who care about me.
I will not accept 'friendships' that make me feel rejected, sad, angry, confused or lonely. I WILL surround myself with like-minded people who are genuine and accepting.
I will not think the worst of people.
I don't have all the answers and my life is a work in progress.
I am independent and strong, and I am entitled to be vulnerable and gentle without forfeiting this. I am allowed to make mistakes, they help me to grow and learn.
I will chase my dreams and ignore the internal AND external voices that tell me I'm too old, I'm wasting my time, my dreams are unrealistic, I'm not good enough, I should be happy with what I have. While I am chasing my dreams, I will stop and enjoy life and the beautiful people around me. The point of life is NOT the goal, it's the journey and I will not forget that again.
My feelings are legitimate, regardless of how irrational they are ;)
I will let go of the past
I will quit this perfectionist shit (well, I'll be kinder to myself)
I will achieve my dreams
I will be the best person I can be, to myself and those around me
I will not step on others to get forward in life
I will live my life in the most respectful way I can, to people, animals and this earth that I call home
I will be honest with myself even if it hurts
I will be honest with others even if I think it will hurt them
I will control less and go with the flow more. It's when I am happiest.
I will have new experiences and meet new people
I am allowed to be happy and healthy inside and out. I will live my life to the fullest and appreciate every moment I have. My life is a gift and I am grateful for it. Meow ^-^