When I graduated high school, I graduated with nothing more than a diploma in my hand. No friends, no self-confidence, and not much hope for my future. There were so many people walking around hugging and crying, talking about how much they were going to miss so and so. Oh yeah, I started crying too. But, I wasn’t crying because I was going to miss anybody. I was crying because I had made it.
I graduated high school alive. I survived high school.
To some of you reading this, you’re probably thinking I’m being over dramatic. To others, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Most of my classmates were going off to colleges that were hundreds of miles away. I had one simple goal in mind: to learn how to love myself. It’s so easy to say, but it’s taken so much hard work, effort, and determination. That one simple goal has lead me to a path that I never would have imagined for myself. I am now currently Miss Cecil County and I’m in the running for Miss Maryland 2018.
I’m not doing this for myself. I’m doing this for every single girl out there who has ever looked in the mirror and hated what they saw. I’m doing this for every girl who has ever starved herself, gone to bed hungry, or who skipped out on eating their favorite dessert just because they feared the calorie. I’m doing this for every person who was ever bullied and felt completely worthless.
No matter what anyone says, YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOUR LIFE DOES MATTER. If I had listened to the people who told me to kill myself because of my weight, I wouldn’t be here inspiring 20,000 people on a daily basis. You never know where life is going to take you. You are jam packed with potentional, don’t let anybody tell you different. XOXO