Worth Being Proud Of

Written by on October 23, 2007 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

I have never understood the rationale behind condemning a person for who they are, what their genetics designed them to be, and what no one has the power to change (and why should they?).

Like how old you are or aren’t, what race you are or aren’t, what sex you are or aren’t. Or the genetic role of the dice that gave you features that deem you unattractive in a particular culture and time…or praises you for that same role of the dice for being attractive – as if that was some kind of accomplishment. 🙄

How absurd is that? And yet we do it.

I’m not sorry for being an older woman. I am sorry for the people I’ve hurt in my life and the times I’ve fallen short of my ideals, when I could have embraced them. Now that’s something to apologize for. Not my age.

I’m not proud others think I look younger than my years. I’m proud I published a book and released a CD right before I turned 50, when the common belief is that I should have been “over the hill”, or that I’ve gone through childhood abuse and a series of toxic relationships and have not only survived them, but that I’ve learned and grew.

I’m proud that I have a voice I rediscovered after it was taken from me and that I have a heart that can love.
That’s something to give to your self-esteem. Not what a thin layer of epidermis looks like.

Let’s be real here. Let’s become more aware of how we restrict ourselves and deprive our society with the prejudices of ageism. Let’s reclaim our voices, our power and take a stand together.

Because this is one prejudice no one can escape short of dying young.

(First published on another blog I have closed – Demian~DreamSinger)


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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .

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