As the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem unfolds, there is a powerful question that is being passed around and one that most people have a variety of answers for. Whether you are 18 or 58 or even 78, the answers contain lessons from experience.
What do you wish you had known at 13 years old?
Here are some of the responses from the Dove Movement website as well as from Twitter:
- Play more, worry less!
- My father really was smart but at 13 I knew it all.
- Enjoy being young/don’t wish to be older yet.
- That the abuse I was suffering had nothing to do with how bad I was but how bad the perpetrator was.
- That being myself was the best way to be ‘cool!’
These are only a few of the fantastic responses the Dove Movement has received. For those in South Florida, one of the issues that is often heard, is about using sun-screen more generously. In your teen years many are more concerned about their tan (self-image) than the damage the sun is doing to your skin. In later years, as the skin starts to wrinkle, it can be a lesson we wish we had known (or listened to our parents).
The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem is being sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc. and Girls Scouts, Dove is marching out a campaign to help teen girls have a brighter future and step into their own skin by believing in themselves.