Occasionally I will encounter someone who is married and has a family and they just pity me. “Oh, that must be so sad.” But the truth is, for me, it rarely is sad. Why? Because I get to finish reading a book. I get to chose what movie I want to see.
Our writers and audience have been stoking the fire of self-love and self-acceptance this past week, so it was no surprise that we were led to a bold statement made by Icelandic beauty queen, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir.
Their words trained me to stay quiet, to blend in, to make it through the day. If I didn’t speak up, if I didn’t intervene, if I didn’t participate, no one would make fun of me. I became who they said I was, not who I wanted to be.