Make Me Feel


By Guest Blogger, Emelina Minero

Make me feel ?
Important, beautiful, worthy, significant, special, sexy, happy.
Make me feel ?
Like you are listening, like you care, like I matter.
Make me feel ?
like I belong.
Make me feel ?
Something. Anything. Make. Me. Feel.

Do you feel beautiful? Do you feel worthy of love? Do you feel like you matter? Where do you get your validation from?

I was looking through Eve Ensler’s website V-Girls, which is:

A global network of girl activists and advocates empowering themselves and one another to change the world, one girl at a time. Inspired by Eve Ensler?s best selling book I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls.

On the V-Girls website, I was reading a girl’s blog post, It?s Not True That All We Do Is Cry (Part 2) by Anna Skorek. What she wrote moved me, especially this excerpt from her post:

A lot of organisations dealing with violence against women; they show statistics, make touching films/documentaries where we see victims with their backs turned away from the camera, talking about their experience. And yes, you watch them, and you feel the pain in your stomach. If you had the money, you would even send an SMS to support the organization. And you would forget about it ten minutes later.

Eve works differently. Her work affects people, makes them think, feel, makes them want to be involved. She shows women, who are so strong, disarmingly funny and ready to tell their stories, ready to change something in you.

It is not something that will cause a pain in your stomach for a second, but it is something that will cause a long term determination and? motivation to DO something about the world around you. That is what distinguishes her work from others’ organizations- nobody is telling you to go and save the world. Instead it teaches you how to start with baby steps- change the world around you, and yourself.

Eve Ensler’s work, she makes us feel something. She ignites something within us, a fire, a passion. Anna is right. Eve isn’t telling us we have to do X, Y and Z. She is showing us people’s experiences, our experiences. She’s revealing brave women’s stories to us, women that we can relate to.

She’s making us feel something, the power within ourselves.

When we tap into that power, it makes us want to act, use our voices and change the world.

We all crave to be a part of something, to belong, to feel worthy, to feel significant, to feel like we have some kind of role to play in this world. When we tap into our own power, when we are able to love ourselves and give validation to ourselves ? something clicks.

Eve Ensler, one woman, formed V-Day, The Vagina Monologues, V-Girls and One Billion Rising, among other things. One woman inspired many.

What if instead of looking outward to make ourselves feel something, we looked inward? What if instead of looking outside of ourselves to feel like we’re worthy or like we belong, we look inside of ourselves?

Make me feel ?
Important, beautiful, worthy, significant, special, sexy, happy.
Make me feel ?
Like you are listening, like you care, like I matter.
Make me feel ?
like I belong.
Make me feel ?
Something. Anything. Make. Me. Feel.

What if instead, “Make me feel ?” was addressed to ourselves?

When you begin to feel like you are worthy, that you are significant, beautiful and important and you treat yourself as such, the world starts to see it too.

What can you do to cultivate the power within yourself?

Blog originally posted here.? Thank you, Emelina, for sharing!

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