The following post is an open letter to all women, specifically teachers, who have been shamed for showcasing their confidence and progress over the course of their health and wellness journey. It is in response to an email a complete stranger sent me this weekend. Scroll right to read some of his words. Share this post with other women who may need to hear this message!
Dear *insert name here*,
I am here to remind you that you are worthy, valuable, honorable, and full of dignity and integrity. You have worked so hard to accomplish great things for your mind, body, and soul. When we put in the effort to not only make goals but actually achieve them, it is only natural for us to want to highlight our victories. To some, this may mean posting a transformation picture to show where we started and how far we've come. You may show a little skin as encouragement to motivate other women. You may also post a picture of a cute, appropriate outfit you wore when you are out with your girlfriends. Showing your progress does not make you promiscuous, immoral, unethical, or discredit the wholesome person, or teacher, you are. You know what to wear in each setting you are in.
It is easy for others, men like Tom, to question your character and intentions when they solely view a photo of you and not read the message you are trying to convey or even know you personally. Do not let their insignificant thoughts and opinions deter you from becoming a better version of yourself than you were the day before. You know your truth and your worth. .
I hope that for all of you out there who have been shamed or one day may receive an email from a stranger putting you down, may you hold your head high and not let their words get to the core of you. As for me, I will continue to promote living a healthy lifestyle. I will also continue to be a middle school teacher to young men who challenges them academically, provides support and empathy as needed, and encourages them to never cast the first stone and to never judge others based on how they look. .
in joy, Christina - 2 hours ago