Last week I attended the Summer School for Professionals hosted by the Eating Disorders Network of Maryland, and I absolutely loved this poem used by one of the presenters. The poem describes a time when most of us woke up feeling awesome; we loved ourselves and bodies unconditionally, we were full of confidence, we believed in ourselves, etc.
Most of us have lost our awesome at one point or another in our lives. Again, the poem refers to a possible moment when someone may have taken our awesome, maybe we let them take it maybe we gave it away because somewhere someone told us we weren’t beautiful enough, or smart enough, or good enough.
I love that the poem then points out, “Why the hell would you listen to them? … Did you consider they might be full of shit?” Seriously! Why was it so easy to let go of our awesome because of what may have been said and/or done by other when initially WE believed in ourselves and our awesome so much before?
We thought it was our fault for not being “enough,” so quick to internalize the negative instead of looking within and maintaining that awesome and telling the world to F-OFF WITH THEIR OPINIONS BECAUSE I’M TOO BUSY BEING AWESOME!!!
However, I will say that I too am guilty of losing my awesome from time to time throughout my lifespan. It’s a process to get it back, but I think that if you lose your awesome – no matter how many times that may occur – it’s also a time to learn more about yourself, to become empowered, or to remove awesome-sucking scumbags from your life. Wake up full of awesome every day because, “if your aren’t waking up feeling like this about yourself, you are really missing out.”