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Pledge MAG

November 23, 2008
By sarah.s SILVER, Attleboro, Massachusetts
sarah.s SILVER, Attleboro, Massachusetts
8 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect; it means you're capable of looking beyond the imperfections." --Anonymous

From this point forward
I will not stand
to be unhappy
any longer.
I will not stand
to be broken down,
broken apart,
From this point forward
my success does not depend
on my waistline
and my strength does not depend
on my weakness.
My biggest fear is not
the nutrition label.
From this point forward
I will not worry those
who love me.
I will not look at those
with hip bones
and rib cages
and be jealous.
I will not be afraid
to eat the birthday cake
you made me.
I will not measure
every morsel as if
any more would make
it poison.
From this point forward
food is not my enemy
and Ana is not my friend.
Size zero is not beautiful
and 90 pounds is not ideal.
I am no longer
enslaved by my scale
and it is not an awful day
when I weigh enough
to donate blood.
From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
I will no longer be called
From this point forward
I am

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gro_cam BRONZE said...
on May. 4 2009 at 4:46 am
gro_cam BRONZE, Corsica, South Dakota
4 articles 2 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
((From the movie Coach Carter))

Wow, very well written.

This goes to prove how society needs to retrain brains. Its not the size of the waist, but the size of the heart.

Proud of you.


Courkly :P said...
on Apr. 28 2009 at 6:20 pm
I think this was amazing. This was a work of art and it is insperational to people (girls or guys) everywhere :)

on Apr. 22 2009 at 9:12 pm
blackamethyst GOLD, Centerville, Ohio
11 articles 0 photos 132 comments
this is amazing... even though i dont know you i feel proud that youre making this decision. youre strong.

SaraB. GOLD said...
on Apr. 19 2009 at 1:21 am
SaraB. GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
12 articles 6 photos 215 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one" Abraham Lincoln

You go girl! It's great that you're able to turn around your experiences into something so positive that has inspired so many people! I love it!

on Apr. 14 2009 at 10:45 pm
SillySarah BRONZE, Covert, Michigan
2 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
Live today as if there is no tomorrow.

This poem is an inspiration to me and many other young girls. Thank you.

sarah.s SILVER said...
on Apr. 4 2009 at 10:33 am
sarah.s SILVER, Attleboro, Massachusetts
8 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect; it means you're capable of looking beyond the imperfections." --Anonymous

Thank you, everyone! Reading through your comments has touched me so deeply. I am so honored to have had an impact on so many women like myself. And yes, I give permission to anyone who would like to keep a copy of this for herself (on her wall, or in her purse, or on her mirror, etc.) or who would like to share it with friends. :)

on Apr. 4 2009 at 3:17 am
francheeze88 SILVER, Oak Park, Illinois
5 articles 6 photos 21 comments
You've heard this so many times already, I'm sure, but this is so beautiful and telling. I love it, and though I don't know you, I LOVE YOU!

on Apr. 3 2009 at 11:38 pm
SimplicityDefined GOLD, Rogersville, Tennessee
13 articles 1 photo 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." -C.S. Lewis

Oh my gosh! Thats one of the greatest and most empowering things Ive read in a while. It helped me a bit..thank you.

SarahNearol said...
on Apr. 3 2009 at 1:43 am
It was very deep and very much like a "Pledge". It describes how many people feel, and how it feels to have hope. Good job!

heidiandcody said...
on Mar. 27 2009 at 6:29 pm
beautiful. this made my day. after being called fat by my own teacher this morning. (:

on Mar. 20 2009 at 1:12 am
writingsavedmylife SILVER, Livonia, Michigan
8 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in a cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it." - John Lennon

"In my end is my beginning."... - T.S. Eliot

i loved this so much and how you didnt hold anything back. it was beautiful and i actually started to cry. good for you!

Strawberry said...
on Mar. 18 2009 at 2:17 am
That was very deep i think u are a wonderful person and u will become a even more powerful person i look up to u , i wish i was a strong and confident as u

Simplybliss said...
on Mar. 17 2009 at 4:57 pm
OMG i love it that made me tear up i just want you to know that im somebody and i love you and that had feeling you dont find stuff like taht a lot awesome

on Mar. 15 2009 at 7:09 pm
This is really good. it's really inspiring to kids all over the world with eating disorders. not only is it amazing to be able to overcome something like this, but to talk about it as well. this gave me chills, so i give you kudos.

on Mar. 14 2009 at 9:07 pm
wow i almost started to cry noone deserves to go thro that and i am so sorry. it is so amazing your taking back what you have lost! more power to you!you may not have the best outer apperence but you sound like you have an awesome personality i wish i had a friend with as much strength as you do i loved your poem and being a size 2 i can tell you now that i am totally jealous

silver said...
on Mar. 14 2009 at 8:40 pm
AWESOME i like it, it made me think. i dont throw up but i dont eat more that one meal a day(not good i know) thank you for making me realize size 0 aint the american dream

GlitterFox said...
on Mar. 9 2009 at 12:07 am
Stunning. Thank you for writing this; it really spoke to me. As a recovered anorexic, I relate completely to everything you said. So glad to see you taking back your power. *thunderous applause*

aubrey h said...
on Mar. 6 2009 at 3:26 am
aubrey h, Lubbock, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments
WOW!!!!! That is DEEP! I love it it realy shows alot!

on Mar. 4 2009 at 7:56 pm
kissingdawn331 SILVER, Palatine, Illinois
5 articles 0 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
"when your hourglass runs out of sand you can't flip it over and start again."(changes weekly so check next weeks l8er)

that was very inspirational...maybe you should be proud of yourself....reading through these commments...look at how many people who are looking up to you ...way to take are a true leader

AlexW. BRONZE said...
on Mar. 3 2009 at 9:01 pm
AlexW. BRONZE, Parkville, Missouri
1 article 0 photos 4 comments
that's very good you've inspired many to live a life to the fullest great job