I’ve known Jasmine for so long–I want to say 9 years. When I think of Jasmine I think of the serenity prayer. I look at her as someone who has mastered the concept behind the beautiful words. It states, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” These words– written by Reinhold Neibur, embody who Jasmine is. Her ability to listen and feel compassion not only towards others, but towards herself is stunningly just. Jasmine, thank you for your presence in my life and others. Thank you for being an example of self love and self worth. You are courage, and light, and love, and beauty. Thank you for sharing.
I’ve started this series because through my own self acceptance search/journey I’ve realized that we, as humans, all have problems with our skin suit no matter what it looks like. The point of this series is to confront our flaws AND to highlight our excellence. I hope one day we’ll all be able to wake up and that voice in our mind which lists all our faults on repeat will be much quieter if not silent. The mirror will be less scary. We’ll smile as we pass our gorgeous selves. We’ll have a bounce in our steps. One day we’ll love our bodies exactly as they are right now. We might have bad days . We might have bad weeks. Yet once we unlock that key, that key of self love we’ll know we can get back to a sanctuary within our bodies. Our bodies and our selves are waiting for that love, waiting for that permission to just be. As I said to Jasmine, (and as I say to all my future spotlights), be gentle with yourself, you are meeting parts of yourself that you have been at war with.
1. What makes you feel beautiful?
What makes me feel beautiful is laughing . I feel free and happy.
2. What makes you feel powerful?
3. What would you tell your past self about beauty and bodies?
I would tell my past body that everything is ok. You don’t have to be what you see on tv or anything else . It’s ok to have meat on your bones. It’s ok to accept yourself for how you are now.
4. How does your skin color make you feel?
I love my skin color. It hasn’t always been an easy road. I just decided if no one was going to see beauty in me than I was going to see it in myself. That was a building block for me . Even if I didn’t believe at first I guess ” fake it to you make it” and I’ve definitely think I’ve made it . I wouldn’t change my skin either way.
5. How have you struggled with your body?
I didn’t always have healthy relationship when my body unfortunately. Even when I was a dancer I still had meat on my bones . I’ll never forgot a dance instructor calling me the chunky one. That one still hurts when I think about it. I don’t know if she knows the damage she has done to me from that one little statement. I’ll never forget it but I can’t even remember what she looked like or anything .
6. Complete this sentence… “In my body is a safe place to be because….”
In my body is a safe place to be because I chose this body for whatever purpose I need to feel to make this world a better place .
From Jasmine, with love.