As you likely know by now, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every domestic violence awareness advocate wants to provide their communities with education and services in desperate hope to one day end domestic violence.
There are many aspects to ending domestic violence, including uplifting and preparing the younger generations. I was inspired to create this video and write this message to the younger generations after spoking to a young mother currently experiencing domestic violence.
A Message to Young Women
To all the young sisters,
Don’t pollute your teens, 20’s, and 30’s with things you will need to heal from in your 40’s and 50’s. Too many of us have walked that road for you.
Treasure yourself now. Treat yourself with respect.
Set your boundaries and maintain them; boundaries are for your own protection.
Expect respect. Expect safety. Expect Love.
You are enough on you own. Never add someone to your life that subtracts from you. Never fear subtracting someone from your life to make yourself whole.
Love, love, love yourself.
See yourself now.
When you are in the mirror, look beyond the surface.
Speak words of self-love. Speak words of self-worth. You are worthy of love and that real love needs to come from you.
Talk to yourself with kindness and model what you expect from others.
Be open-minded to learning from the older generations. We don’t want to go through what we did.
Share the Wealth
I recently heard a woman around my age say that we should have friends in age groups outside of our own. Our older friends are expected to have more knowledge and experience and can therefore help guide us.
To the younger generation, you are the more experienced and more knowledgeable friend that guides them. What a beautiful concept of true community and uplifting. So share the wealth of knowledge and experience with the younger people in your life.
Do you have older and younger friends?
What advice do you or would you like to share with the younger generations?
Share in the comments.