Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt all eyes on you? Have you ever felt different? .
I wasn't always comfortable in my own skin. As an African American living in predominantly white suburbia, I grew up knowing I was different. My braids were too natural (so I changed it), my voice too loud (so I lowered it), my personality too big (so I softened it). .
I did whatever I could to not stand out. .
But, I was fortunate enough to grow up in a home with the Ghanaian parents that I have. They never let their kids forget that we are beautiful. That every morsel of my being was fearfully and wonderfully made by my Maker. That I am an African Queen who should never diminish herself - because 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍. .
I always knew I never wanted to be the same as everyone else, but unfortunately it took some time for me to step into that light and own my differences. Now my braids are longer (I brought them back), my voice is stronger (when I speak, I am heard), and my personality is just right (I live larger than life). .
I'm loving myself more than I ever have before. .
𝙎𝙤 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙢𝙮 𝘼𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙚𝙣𝙨, 𝘽𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙎𝙠𝙞𝙣 𝙂𝙞𝙧𝙡𝙨, 𝙈𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣 𝙎𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮, 𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙁𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙧. .
We're told to change, to fit in, but they're the ones who've got it all wrong. They see difference as a threat so they're afraid of it and try to stifle / smother it. .
𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙨𝙪𝙛𝙛𝙤𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚 '𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩' 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙂𝙚𝙤𝙧𝙜𝙚 𝙁𝙡𝙤𝙮𝙙, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝘼𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙪𝙙 𝘼𝙪𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙮. .
Don't hide your blackness - own it and let it permeate every aspect of your life, suffocating the lies telling us to conform. .
Choose to love every aspect of yourself, including what makes you different; and in doing so, also choose to love your neighbors, strangers, and anyone who is different than you. Today and every day, choose to simply LOVE! - 3 hours ago