This weekend brave men and women all over the world rallied together to support the Women’s March. Carrie Fisher was celebrated and she certainly was there in spirit, marching with her brothers and sisters.
When Carrie Fisher passed away social media went wild. Not only did she play the character of a bad ass princess, she also set that example in real life.
I remember how Princess Leia empowered me In 1977. I was 8 years old and I left the theatre feeling like I could change the world. Princess Leia showed me I could fight the villain, use my powers to save the day and that by sticking to my values and moral beliefs I could advance myself to any rank that I wanted.
At that time in my life the villain was my Grade 3 teacher, her lack of compassion for shy and insecure kids like me made it unbearable to go to school everyday. I decided to take matters into my own hands and get to know other kids that felt excluded in her class, these became my friends for life.
Saving the day meant protecting these friends and myself against bullies. I remember being called a Nazi in the school yard and my Jamaican friends being teased for the colour of their skin and the texture of their hair. We were teased because we weren’t allowed to stay up late and watch shows like Fantasy Island, our parent’s couldn’t afford to buy us designer jeans and none of us had experienced our first kiss. As a group we decided that whenever a bully attacked our comeback line would simply be, “I love you too!”
Sticking to my values and moral beliefs meant being proud of my family and what they sacrificed to immigrate to Canada and give my brother and I a charmed life. It meant treating my friends with kindness and respect and having compassion for their struggles as well as my own. I also learned compassion for the bullies and the villains and understood that everyone had pain, I just needed to be careful about who I chose to surround myself with.
The green julz that I will release in Spring 2017 will represent freedom, love and peace. The green beads have a glow to them that will bring you to a place of contemplation and meditation. I want you to wear this colour palette and grab a strong hold of the force that is within you. If you are holding back let it be released. Make this year one where you are brave, fearless and unstoppable. Sometimes the villain we are fighting is within ourselves. Kindly ask that voice inside of you to leave, you have better things to do like save the day!
*Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear about how Carrie Fisher affected your view on life and/or how you stood up for something that was important to you*