In this Dr. Seuss story, Sue Snue tries to figure out who she wants to be, and what she wants to do with her life. She can't decide if she wants to be a the president, or a farmer, or a foot doctor who takes care of feet. Sue finally realizes that she does not need to make these decisions yet, and that all she can do right now is be herself. The book says, "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." With this quote, Dr. Seuss is trying to let people know, even young children, that it is best to always be yourself and no one else. It plants the seeds for self confidence, self worth, and not being pressured to be anything that you're not.
In Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From A Birmingham City Jail, MLK Jr. speaks about the struggles that colored people in America are faced with. From being segregated from the white people, to being physically assaulted, King talks about the hardships of being black. It was hard to be comfortable in your own skin back then. Back in 1963, when King wrote this letter, black people were persecuted for being black, but people like Martin Luther King Jr. accepted who they were and stood up for their rights. King was confident in his skin, and encouraged other to be too.
John Survivor Blake is a local poet in Richmond, VA that I am lucky enough to know personally. He is a poet who focuses on subjects like his life struggles, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. In a way he is a human right activist who stand up for all the people in the world that are oppressed. He lets people know that even if you are female, gay, Muslim, black, or Hispanic, you are equal. He reminds people that it is okay to be yourself and that there is no need to hide who you are. He encourages people to stand up for their rights and to no longer be oppressed. This is important to me because people like John S. Blake remind me that as a black woman I am strong and I can do anything.
Ashley Graham is a supermodel who has recently become very famous. She is so famous because she is a plus size model whose career is becoming very successful. Even though she is plus sized, she is beautiful and shows her body off in a power, influential way. She empowers women to be confident, and to show off no matter what size you are. Ashley Graham teaches that is is okay if you aren't skinny, and that all sizes are beautiful. She influences women to love themselves and their body's just the way they are. This is important to me because Ashley Graham shows me that it is okay to be comfortable in my own skin, and that my body is perfect just the way it is.
In this painting, The Golden Rule, people of all different walks of life are pictured. People from different races, ethnicity, religion, social class, are all shown gathered together as a group. The painting shows that all different people can mingle and get along. It is an example of how all people are equal no matter who you are. It promotes the idea that everyone should be comfortable and confident in who they are. It also pushes people to treat others well, even if they are different from you. This is important to me because I believe that all people should feel like they are welcomed and wanted, and that all people should be able to feel good about themselves, even if they do not conform to society.
In the song All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor sings about how even though she isn't skinny, she is happy and comfortable with herself. The song encourages all people to be confident in who they are, and to never change just to fit in with other people's standards. This song changed me. It taught me that I could be myself, and that I could be comfortable with I was. It taught me to not care about what other people think of me, and to just enjoy life.
Beyoncé is an inspiration to people in so many ways. Over the years she has released countless albums that have all been very successful, but almost everyone would agree that the Lemonade album has been the most meaningful. Lemonade was an album meant to empower women. It sparked a movement amoung women to be confident in themselves and take control. In the album, Beyoncé let women know that even though we are females, we are powerful and we can do anything. She encouraged women to never let men push us around, and she lets us know that being a woman is not a disadvantage, but an advantage. This is important because for so long we have lived in man's world, and women were always second class citizens, but women like Beyoncé make it clear that all girls should be confident in the fact that they are women.
In the novel A Separate Peace, Gene struggles throughout the story to find who who he truly is. At the beginning of the book, Gene is a scholarly student who is always studying, but as the story progresses Gene starts to feel like he needs to be more like his friend Finny. At certain points in the story, Gene even tries to be Finny. Gene isn't comfortable with his personality, and how people see him. He is pressured to be someone that he isn't. Gene needed to find himself and who he really is so that he can live life without the stress of trying to be someone else.
In show new hit show This Is Us, Chrissy Metz plays the character Kate. Kate is a plus sized woman who struggles with her weight. She thinks that if she loses weight all of her problems with magically go away. Her role in throughout the entire show revolves around her battles with dieting and weight loss. Her whole life revolves around it. The Chrissy Metz in real life is much like Kate in the show. Chrissy admits that she used to be much like her character. She said that she used to struggle with body imagine and being comfortable with her weight, but that she finally realized that weight doesn't define who you are. This is an inspiration because even though Chrissy faced a lot of hatred for being who she is, she is still happy with herself. She sets an example that demonstrates that even if others don't see you as perfect, all that matters is how you feel about yourself.
This song strikes the core of my theme from a religious perspective. The song speaks about how Jesus love every, no matter who you are. The song directly speak about how Jesus loves all people of all races, but it is implied that he also loves people of all cultures, religious backgrounds, nationalities, sizes, shapes, and genders. The song teachers young children that they can be exactly who they are, and that Jesus will always still love them.