“Stand up for your values, be courageous and humble” — Tariq Ramadan
Ok, so the past two months may not have been the fresh start we all had in mind. The new year hit fiercely, bringing with it a plethora of noise, a bit of hate and a whole lot of questions. Which to be honest, had me feeling a bit lost. Anyone feel me?
We all look for guidance — from our peers, our families, heck even the media, whatever platform it may be. Yet, we rarely look for guidance within ourselves. As a woman — an American, the new year has challenged me to think about what is important to me and solely me, more than ever. I started to block out all the noise and reacquaint myself with my values, to remind myself of what makes me proud to be who I am and to stand up for those values regardless of what others are saying. In turn I started to feel a little less lost and a lot more empowered.
You don’t have to accept the things your not ok with. Speak up when something is not right and be proud of what you believe in. And remember its’s ok if your values change. We are only human and we are ever-evolving. Learning every day, meeting new people, we are in constant change, so it only makes sense that as we grow and transform our values do as well. My hope for you? Whatever your values may be, please maintain your truth, stay honest with yourself and never fear to be the only one standing on the other side of the tape.
+ How do you stand up for your values? Let me know in the comments below!
Image by Beck Rocchi.