Loyalty Is All You Got
In this day and age it has become clear that staying loyal to yourself has become a challenge. With all the trends, social pressures, and the evolution of social media, authenticity has been lost. I know for myself I face that challenge constantly. But I realized that it’s only a challenge if you aren’t true to yourself. Being loyal to myself made me realize that it is the key to happiness and it’s what allows me to learn more about myself.
Being loyal to yourself isn’t an overnight process. It requires strength and self acknowledgement. As a woman I know that it is hard, because we are not taught at a young age to be loyal to ourselves. We are told to be loyal to our families, jobs, partners, children and the list goes on and on. But how can we be loyal to our families or partners if we aren’t loyal to ourselves? Loyalty is what allows us to know what our strengths and weaknesses are. It helps shape our moral compass and allows us to discover what we stand for and what are we able to fight for. It shapes our identity and most importantly it is the first step towards building your confidence.
As an Arab-American woman being loyal to myself wasn’t easy. It involved breaking traditions and recreating new ones. I felt the pressure of being loyal to both my American and Arab values. But then I realized I can create my own values and I have the power and the ability to choose what fits my standards. And trust me, it was from then I set my standards high because I knew I am worthy of it. Staying loyal to myself is what guides me in what I believe in. It reminds me that I have to keep using my voice and to say no to situations that aren’t worth of my time because that would mean I was being disloyal. So please stay loyal to yourself because loyalty is all you got!
My loyalty theme was inspired by my hoodie. The back of the hoodie says “Loyalty Thicker Than Blood”. Frontrunners is an amazing streetwear brand that really knows how to stay loyal to their customers. The hoodie needed some fresh black Timbs like the ones I’m wearing with a pair of jeans. So cop yourself a a Loyalty hoodie to remind yourself that you need to stay loyal to yourself everyday!
Hoodie: Frontrunners $80
Jeans: H&M $40
Timbs: Footlocker $120