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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dear Gaby -- Volume 3




Dear Gaby,

I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now and I have to say I admire you. You are such a strong woman and so proud of who you are. I wish I could say the same, but I’m not. When I’m outside, I walk around with my head down, hoping I can get where I’m going without anyone insulting me. I’ve never had a boyfriend. Every guy I’ve ever liked hasn’t liked me back, so I just crawl back into my shell and don’t bother. I’ve tried to lose weight so many times but it just hasn’t worked. My family criticizes me all the time. Sometimes I don’t know how I go on. Life is so unfair, and fat people get treated terribly. Nobody cares about who we are inside. All they care about is how we look. I just wanted to say thank you for your blog, I read it regularly and it does make me feel better. Maybe someday I’ll get the courage to do the things I want to do, but right now I just can’t. I just feel too beat down. 
-- Lonely Girl

Dear Lonely Girl,

First of all, I want to start by saying how thankful I am for your letter. You, and other women like you, are exactly why I started writing my blog. Life IS unfair, no doubt about it. Let’s face facts: In this society, people are rewarded for how they look. In most cases, the way you look affects how far you will get in life. Most employers determine whether you’re worth hiring or promoting based secretly (lots of times not so secretly) not on your resume or your job performance, but on how you look. Men look you over and determine whether you’re worth dating because of how you look. Even friendships can be determined by how you look. It comes into play in every single facet of our lives, and it sucks the big one. But this is where we have to summon the strength inside ourselves, get angry, and say: Fuck You. You will not determine the quality of my life. I will determine the quality of my life. I will not allow others to beat me down, insult me, ridicule me, tell me I can’t do better or find anyone to love me … etc., etc.

I wasn’t always as strong and confident as I am now. For a long time, I was a lot like you. I was afraid of the world, because it is such a horrible, unfriendly place at times. I used to walk around with my head down too. I used to hope no one would notice me, because it seemed like every time someone did notice me, it was only to ridicule me or put me down. I simply got fed up. I got angry. I decided I wasn’t going to let anyone make me feel hopeless anymore.

I don’t know how old you are, and I’m sorry if you’ve heard this before, but with age comes experience. When I was in my 20s, I was totally dependent on what other people thought of me and my life reflected that. I wasn’t getting much positive feedback in any aspect of my life. But as I got older, and started thinking about who the people were that were telling me these things, and the reasons they had for telling me these things, I started to realize … it wasn’t about me at all. It was about THEM. Their well-being and self-image depended on my feeling bad about myself … and I finally realized how warped it was allowing them to control my self-worth and self-image. So I started taking control. I started thinking about what I wanted and what was best for me. Anger was the fuel that kept me going through all the obstacles. I’m not saying anger ran my life, but it definitely gave me the impetus I needed to stand up to people and let them know their free ride was over. I wasn’t going to allow them to get away with short-changing me anymore.

You need to draw on the most powerful part of yourself, whatever it is … whether it’s anger, ambition, creativity, hope, love and respect for yourself … and use that as fuel to keep you going. Once you get in the habit of expressing your strengths, your self image will start to change. You’ll trust yourself and your instincts, you’ll know what’s good for you … and most importantly, you’ll know what’s bad for you, and you’ll learn to avoid it like the plague.

If you’re surrounded by negative people (you mentioned that your family criticizes you), then you need to get away from that influence as much as possible. Most of us still need some kind of contact with our families, even if we know it can be negative, but in that case, you just need to limit your time with them … and when you’re with them, remind yourself that they’re not controlling your life anymore. That goes for anyone negative in your life that you can’t avoid dealing with. You have to be a little merciless if your well-being is the price for being in their company.

I really hope you keep reading my blog and find lots of encouragement and support in it. You're not alone. It’s a privilege for me to hear from people like you. You’re the reason I do what I do.

5 comments:

  1. dear lonely girl... dont let the bastards win family freinds idiots in the streets fools at school assholes at work get angry get pissed if you have to insult someone do it if you have to be cruel so be it dont be like them and just do it for fun you have to remember the strong feed on the weak you cant be weak its hard at first you feel bad but its gets easier fight fire with fire piss in their soup enjoy the stupid looks on their stupid faces when you pounce i was a victim just like you i still am sometimes but its kill or be killed if they dont care about you and your feelings why should you care about them

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  2. talk talk a great 80s band from englandAugust 2, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    i myself am fueled by hate and negativity i cant be in a good mood to do anything...not a good way of dealing with things but thats how i roll i counter negativity with even more negativity if i accomplish something i spit it in the face of naysayers...i hope you can find a better way lonely girl...dont pay attention to all the blah blah blah dont listen block it out its done to hurt you if they say are you listening to me say no im not you dont listen to me why should i pay attention to your shit...your whole life you have told you are this you are that you are worthless you have to decide what you are and its tough to change but you can i hope you can do it in a positive way if you have to hurt people back who hurt you thats their tough shit you will find that people who are very good at dishing it out cant take it very well when they get it back and add a reall hard kick in the balls for me

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  3. You see, lonely girl, you are not alone ... many of us have been through the same situations. The most important thing is, do what makes you feel better. Do what makes you feel empowered. Empowerment is a great thing. :) Once you have it, no one can ever take it away from you, and the naysayers hate that ... it drives them crazy. When they see someone who they are accustomed to abusing not backing down and accepting their crap, they get puzzled and confused, and initially keep up with their bully facade ... but then they ALWAYS reveal themselves as the cowards and ignoramuses they are. You will be the victor. Don't back down. Don't let anyone intimidate you. Don't let anyone walk all over you.

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  4. Thank you for your wonderful Cragslist posts. You clearly have more patience than I do. A bonus - you have a new reader!

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  5. Yay!!!!!! Thank you, invioletlight! Glad that you are here.

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