We all have dealt with body image insecurities growing up. But there’s another part of me that has been shaped by something else.
I got called weirdo, a deaf-mute, foreigner, etc.
“What’s wrong with your voice?”
I used to have rocks and wood chips thrown at me during recess.
“Why don’t you use sign language instead of your weird voice?”
I was terrified of public speaking.
“Why do you wear a radio behind your ear?”
I would wear my hair down to hide my hearing aids in the halls.
I’ve been pushed, kicked, shouted, hair pulled to get my attention.
I was lost.
I was ashamed of my hearing aids.
I spent many years in speech therapy and used to think it was all for nothing.
They shaped me to be the person I am today.
They pushed me to be a better person.
Let it motivate you, let it break you down and take you to places you’ve never imagined before.
Take a bow on your past insecurities and stand ten feet tall.