In this episode, I’m joined by Amen Oyiboke, Film Writer for Bustle. Amen joins me to share her story of how she has been able to not allow what other people say to hold her back anymore after being told for years that she wasn’t pretty enough because of her size.
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Amen was bullied growing up and was told when she was just 7 years old that she wasn’t pretty because of her size. She was bullied not only by other students at school but also by her family members.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Amen spent about 20 years of her life thinking she wasn’t good enough or pretty enough because of the bullying. It kept her from pursuing the things she really wanted to pursue because she felt so self-conscious. It was hard for her to accept compliments. She struggled with knowing who she truly was and being able to express herself because of fear of judgement.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Amen had a turning point earlier this year where she realized that she had to find a way to start seeing herself as capable of doing anything and not allow what other people say to hold her back anymore. She began to deal with all of the hurt she had inside and started to love herself for who she is.
What Amen does today:
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Amen’s Answer: You shouldn’t base your life on the opinions of others.
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