Being a teen in society today is no joke. Being a teen was hard for me for many reasons and having good friends helped a lot. But going through it yourself is one thing while watching your own daughters transform before your eyes and seeing them face challenges is quite another! But it isn’t just that, I realized being a teen today is more challenging than ever—and it hit me hard when my oldest daughter began high school and my youngest became a middle schooler.Read More
Growing up may seem challenging. It can sometimes feel like uniqueness is not something to be celebrated. That for some reason not making waves and blending in with everyone else is the way to go.
I saw this with my own daughter, who is now 13. When she was little and just beginning school, it was every girl in class invited to the party. There was nothing but love between these budding Goddesses. As they grew older, the circle split into smaller ones and some inevitably began to feel left out.
There is a sense of comfort in this idea of "fitting in" but the truth is that is not real.
There is nothing we fit into. Sure, it's wonderful when we can share similar interests and life experiences. I certainly made friends this way when I was younger and still do today - but there is an underlying culture of calling people out who are somewhat "different." There is an undeniable mean girl undercurrent among girls and even more so among their moms.
It is time to rise up and return to our sisterhood. We must lead by example and lift up our fellow sisters and teach our daughters to do the same. When we empower and support one another we realize that there is no scarcity of any thing at all. There is enough abundance in the world, in our communities, and within our social circles for everyone to have more than what they need. The desire to compete falls away.
We find that when we heal others, we heal ourselves, as our reflection lives in all. Let us celebrate our differences and bask in our unity that runs deep. Let us understand that there is so much more to learn from those who appear different than us as they afford us a new and unique way in which to see the world.
When we remain open hearted to our sisters, we clearly see the paradox in that however we try to define ourselves and separate ourselves, deep down we are all the same. We have the same hopes and fears and beneath the facade, we all want the same things. So let's celebrate each other and our differences, and love each other in our oneness.
Let's rise above divisions that society has created and form a new paradigm for a global sisterhood.