By Angélica Fuentes
Empowerment is an inner process in which we learn to know and accept ourselves. We all have the strength and determination to do anything we dream of.
I invite you to feel comfortable with what you see in front of the mirror. Accept that your beauty is unique. Stop chasing the beauty ideal imposed by the media. You don’t have to be skinny, tall or have an upturned nose and a perfect hair to be beautiful. Do not try to fit in. Be authentic. Be yourself.
Yes, you might not look like when you were 18 years old, but I would like you to know that there is nothing wrong with that. It isn’t what matters. True beauty lies within. What is seen through our eyes is just a reflection of our inner light. Age is experience and personal growth.
Your body has changed, but so have you. You have developed yourself, mentally and emotionally. Mothers who bear the marks of giving birth: you should feel proud of your ability to create life. Your body is beautiful because it is an instrument with which you can share love. We are all creative and powerful beings. The signs of time are a part of your life, your journey, and your wisdom.
Never hide. No stretch mark is a matter to be ashamed of. Walk with pride in your own skin. Beauty lies within one’s heart, not in looking like what we see in magazines.
Be aware of your power and remember that the adventure of growing up never ends. My advice to keep on learning from each experience. It is important to know who we really are, to trust ourselves, and never stop chasing our dreams.
Don’t force yourself into a pre-constructed box. It’s time to create your own reality where love and strength are not opposites; where real change lies in awakening your inner light; where you may be yourselves and enjoy life. Listen to your heart and act according to what you think is right. Your own voice should be the strongest, not the voices of others.
Wake up to your own beauty, because it is real. We all have extraordinary gifts that make us unique. Make the most out of them! Show your real essence without fear or shame; allow others to see who you are. Be proud of yourself!
You possess everything it takes to be happy, you only have to choose love over fear.