Over the course of the past few months, I’ve learned that people will either inspire you or drain you, that it’s best to surround yourself with people who only lift you higher, and that accepting your genuine self is infinitely better than being something you're not. After all, if everyone were perfect, life would be painfully boring.
These things are often easier said than done. It’s difficult to remove exhausting people from your life, especially those long-time friends, and it’s even harder to accept the perfectly imperfect person we all are. But no matter how tricky taking these steps may be, when it’s all said and done, it’s much easier to live a life in a body that isn’t a “perfect” size 0, that is confident enough to speak its mind, and that is fully authentic to the individual.
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time with Rachel Levine this summer, one of those rare, inspirational individuals that lift others higher. She is a testament to the fact that living authentically is a definite path to happiness. She embraces her strengths and her “flaws”, and radiates the notion that there is no need to change the person she was born to be. I’m so fortunate to have her as my role model and my sista from another mista. Cheers to sexy pale skin, booties, loud personalities, and most of all, self-love - we are who we are, take it or leave it.