Every day each of us wakes up wondering what the day holds for us; we have hopes of accomplishing certain tasks, seeing our kids do well on a test, or getting word that a big account came in. Many times, our days are met with some sort of hiccup. Sometimes these hiccups look a lot more like something out of the movie Twister. We get a cancer diagnosis, watch someone die in front of our very eyes, hear about an unexpected death, or find out that our child has been cutting himself.
Some children wake up living in a nightmare before they have the personal power to do anything about it. They are victims of molestation, physical abuse or maybe have a parent whose mental disorder makes it difficult to get out bed most days.
Each day millions of people in this world get new scars and often times, they aren’t physical. So, a while back, I asked myself what I could do to heal my own scars and help heal those of others. That question gave birth to the ScarsRSexy® campaign – an initiative championed by my friends at the Live Wright Society and myself.
The ScarsRSexy® initiative gives people a platform to tell their own scar stories in a safe, empowering environment. The campaign allows participants the opportunity to share what they have overcome, how it has changed them, and how they are paying it forward.
We created the campaign to give hope to others in situations that can feel hopeless and to provide the opportunity to rise up with pride and yell out, “I am a champion of life and greater for my struggles”. The initiative represents my personal opportunity to provide hope to people who are fighting for their lives like I did as I waited on my liver transplant. It has also helped me to further understand some personal emotional scars — scars I have left over from growing up in an emotionally abusive environment. With every story I hear or read, I see hope for my own continued healing.
One of the things that helped me (and many others) the most is hearing stories from young women, or even men, who suffered some type of physical assault and have found their voice again through our campaign. I recently met a college-aged woman whose boyfriend raped her on his 18th birthday after he slipped her a dose of a drug commonly called GHB.
That, combined with the fact that she was raised in an abusive home, created the perfect storm for her to lose her inner voice. When I met this young woman I was at a Take Back The Night event and she craved the strength to stand up on stage and tell her story to anyone: her mother, her father or maybe just a stranger. She just didn’t believe that day would ever come.
This young lady and I happened to start talking about the ScarsRSexy® campaign and she opened up to me about her story — the one she could not tell. What she didn’t realize is that when she told me all the reasons that she couldn’t tell her story, she did just that – told her story.
She relayed it in a safe environment and in the moment that I brought that to her attention, her eyes filled with tears of joy in recognition of what “light” looked like. She saw that maybe, with a ton of work, she could not only find her voice, but her calling to help other young women overcome their rape experiences. This is the reason that we created this campaign — to help people start on a journey of healing in their own hearts.
All profits, 100%, made by this campaign will go to multiple humanitarian-based charities in the United States. I’ve funded it completely, using my personal finances and have yet to break even. This means we have yet to earn monies to benefit our chosen charities.
So, how can you help us achieve that and make this message go viral?
(1) Watch our campaign video that shares our message in many voices of those who have been broken. Share the video…LIKE, RIGHT NOW, SHARE IT with friends, family, Facebook and Twitter. Help others begin to heal their wounds with our message.
(2) Buy a ScarsRSexy® shirt. Pick one up at RockScar Love designs and help us change the lives of many. We donate 100% of the profits from your purchase to multiple charities.
(3) Share your story with us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scarsrsexy
If you do one thing today to help Pay It Forward, then give us the opportunity to act as your conduit to pay it forward. Help us live our passion to help heal hearts and liberate those who are broken from their past by sharing our message. Our message has unlimited potential to change the world because it involves experiences that affect every human who takes a breath, but we need your help to ignite the potential power within the message.
“Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.” -Marilyn Ferguson