By: Megan Wordsworth, Guest BloggerNovember 29, 2015
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I recently lost my grandmother to ovarian cancer. She was my best friend, my biggest role model, and every definition of THAT GIRL. I have never known someone with such class and dignity. She loved with every fiber in her soul, yet she did not let her love for others allow them to walk all over her. Even though she spoke her mind on any given subject matter, she respected others’ opinions.
As I have been reminiscing about her beautiful life, I think I truly understand what it means to be THAT GIRL. It does not mean having it all together all the time; it does not mean having the “perfect” Instagram photos.
My grandmother showed me that being THAT GIRL means coming to respect yourself, while keeping in line with your faith.
It means not being ashamed of your beliefs, but respecting that not everyone will think the same way you do. All of these character traits are not just given, they are learned and woven from past experiences. All of the pain and suffering my grandmother endured shaped her into being the strong woman that I will forever remember her as.
I honestly believe that most people today feel like giving up when life gets hard. They often believe that they are not strong enough, but I do not think that anyone is. It is taking that step to keep going when things get tough that makes you stronger. Those tough experiences shape you into becoming a stronger woman.
My grandmother taught me to always keep going, no matter what happens. She was always and will forever be my example in life. Her life is the most perfect example that even though life may not be perfect, it is still beautiful. I know I will forever miss my grandmother, and I will always cherish our memories together, but her example on how to be THAT GIRL will always be what I cling to the most.
Who is a real-role model for you and what have you learned from this person? Tell us below!
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.
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