Being interesting isn’t important. But being happy is. As well as being a person you’re proud of – Holly Bourne.
The Pride Movement is a beacon of light that shines into the darkest crevices of world’s society. There are still black holes where people’s minds are closed into such a tight fist that I wonder if they can breathe in fresh air at all. You might wonder why a white, heterosexual woman is writing about pride; you might even think I have no right to. Perhaps you’re correct. After all, my sexual rights (in terms of loving someone – not in terms of being a woman) have never been challenged. However, I stand by my LGBTQ+ community, and I thoroughly enjoy celebrating their parades and their joys for love and life with them. I also love going to Gay Town in Liverpool because, quite frankly, it is the best night out to have in town.
The people that head to Pride every single year, some even travelling across the country – even the world – to hold their heads up high and shout from the rooftops that this is exactly who they are are phenomenal. They are loud and they are proud… which brings me to the crux of this blog post. Every single person who shows exactly who they are – whether they wear every glittering colour of the rainbow or every shade of black – is an inspiration to everybody, whether they are a part of the LBGTQ+ community or not.
IT SHOWS YOUR STRENGTHS
When you are proud of an achievement, you want to repeat it over and over until you can’t possibly hit the next level up. On a larger scale, it shows the strengths of people who are united together, fighting for something they are proud to believe in. Pride doesn’t have to be egotistical or self-gratifying; instead it can be used for a good cause, to make a difference, and it will push you to making your peers proud as well as yourself. Pride reveals what you’re good at – as big as making a change in your community or as small as hitting that next level of fitness – and when you’re not so great at something, it is a reminder to be proud of yourself no matter what. That is the beauty of pride: it loves you and uplifts you even when you don’t feel like your best self.
IT MAKES YOU WANT TO DO MORE
That hit of adrenaline that you get when you’ve done something that surprises you makes you want to experience that fear all over again. In fact, the fear doesn’t seem as scary any longer. Instead, all you feel is a warm rush of adrenaline that is a constant reminder that you can do anything you put your mind to. And you can come out on top, just like the rest of the world knew you would.
YOU ARE HAPPY IN YOURSELF
Being proud of the person you are – inside and out – truly shows from the glow on your face. Whether you have aced those A Levels, completed that university assignment on time, finished a project that had you slogging away at all hours, or showed the world exactly who you are, the pride you feel once you have done it surpasses any of the tears, the long nights, the exhausting days and the permanent worry. Pride gives you a buzz that nobody can take away from you because you alone have earned that feeling.
Now imagine feeling that every single day. You should already feel it because we should all be proud of ourselves, wherever we’ve come from and whatever we have achieved. Even if it is as small as getting out of bed in the morning and heading to work when we feel like shit, or as big as landing yourself the dream job. If we are proud of ourselves, positivity follows; if you surround yourself with that, you are leading a life that is fulfilling, happy and bloody marvellous.
If that doesn’t convince you, maybe this will: other people say they are proud of you all the time, so ask yourself… why can’t you be proud of yourself?
What do you think?
Love, Faye xo