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: Greetings, fellow dreamer, and welcome! I’m Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist. Some of my creative projects are a CD of healing music, “For the Sake of Love” and a children’s book on the interconnectedness of life, “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” published by Illumination Arts. Currently, I’m in the process of creating podcasts for my book series on covert abuse. My commitment is to the creative process especially as it relates to the healing journey. Whether I’m singing at a vigil for asylum seekers, memorial for political activists or sitting around a table sharing tea and conversation with friends who just want to talk heart to heart, I am always deeply moved by the human spirit to love and live with authentic beauty. Thank you for being here, for reading my posts and/or listening to my podcast. There’s much to share, much to create and the journey has just begun! Meet you on the path. .

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