Respect for Others & Respect for Self

A person has earned my respect when they consistently show kindness, selflessness, and sympathy towards others. Since I am a very cynical person, those who go out of their way to help others and to give back, without expecting anything in return, have earned my respect. 

During our meeting, I had a hard time choosing between “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys or “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara. Ultimately, I decided to choose “Scars To Your Beautiful” because of Cara’s positive messages. “Scars To Your Beautiful” is about being comfortable in your own body and skin; rather than changing yourself, it’s the world that has to change its body standards and the way it critiques a body. I can personally relate to Cara since she also dealt with self-doubts, anxieties, and awkwardness. Her songs empower women to just be comfortable in their own bodies. All our “scars” are beautiful, they’re a part of us, and it is what makes us who we are. This message is more than relevant in today’s modern technological society where all you see are: ads, billboards, social media, news filled with beauty standards and guidelines to look a certain way. 

This song reminds me of my supervisor, Delia, who taught me to be comfortable in my own skin. She taught and guided me in standing up for what’s right, voicing my opinion, and helping those in need. She was my supervisor for a youth-led program called Young Governors. The program trains and hires teens to make positive changes in their community. She has a youthful heart of gold filled with compassion with others. She taught me and other young adults how to lead, communicate, and become a better person. As an educator, advocator, and activist, she has influenced many young adults in getting involved and creating positive changes in the community. She is a strong woman and a strong advocate for social justice. I could not have asked for a better supervisor, mentor, and role model. 

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  1. Awesome song selection because I don’t think people realize how much they compare and contrast themselves with others due to the bombardment of beauty images. Any song that says love you for you and breaks through the clutter of superficial identities are necessary. Self-acceptance is so important in this day and age. Also, cheers to Delia for being such an amazing and key figure in your development. The world would be a lot better if we had more Delias.

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