It is a word that gets thrown around a lot,
But have you thought of it’s meaning?
Most people think of being judged when they think
But the main problem is that Stigma keeps people
From doing what is best for them.
Stigma keeps people sick.
Stigma leads people to be suicidal.
Stigma makes us doubt ourselves and hate ourselves.
Stigma makes us feel shame and causes us to hide our true selves…
Often from everyone, even those who deserve to know us fully.
I’m not suggesting a fight or a war against it.
I’m suggesting a movement of Truth.
Truth extinguishes stigma.
It extinguishes thoughts of cruel or ignorant judgment.
Much of my life has been ruled by stigma-related fears.
I’ve hid so much of myself
After being victimized and hurt.
I couldn’t bring myself to show myself,
So I remained victimized and hurt.
But I will no longer allow this
They say we are as shameful as our secrets.
But I refuse shame by giving up my secrets
And sharing my Truth with anyone who will listen
In the hopes that I will help some shed their own shame
Or share their own secrets.
While others might (I hope) open up their minds
To where they have judged, where they have participated in Stigma.
We all have…so we must all overcome it together.
*Feel free to comment on what stigma means to you…*