Roshani Jain Staff Writer
@Roshani_jI am sure that many of us have had an intervention of sorts when we personally feel that it is time to stand up and take charge. In theory, this concept works perfectly, don’t like something - change it, feeling underpowered - take control or (my personal favorite) want respect- give it back and you shall receive. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for the “giving respect” and “self-improvement”, the only flaw with the concept is that it comes from within, and it comes at a time where you are so broken that you don’t feel that you are even worth that change or “turning that frown, upside down”. There are many people who have overcome these hard times, and now are examples to all of us. It is along this thought, on which Amy Schumer and Gabourey Sidibe gave powerfully moving speeches on Thursday, at the Ms. Foundation for Women gala, an event held in New York City that doubled as a celebration of Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday. You may ask what do these two have in common? - Forone thing – the power to turn self-doubt into self-confidence. At the event, Schumer spoke about overcoming the fact that she did not need the approval of an outside agency to feel beautiful and strong within. “ His sloppy, tentative lovemaking was certainly not in the spirit of William Wallace. And now the most beautiful love songs I've ever heard play out as this man-boy laid in my arms, after diminishing me to a last-minute booty call. I listened to the songs and I cried. I was looking down at myself from the ceiling fan. What happened to this girl? How did she get here? I felt the fan on my skin and I went, "Oh, wait! I am this girl! We got to get me out of here!" I became my own fairy godmother. I waited until the last perfect note floated out, and escaped from under him and out the door. I never heard from Matt again, but felt only grateful for being introduced to my new self, a girl who got her value from within her. I'm also grateful to Matt for introducing me to my love Sam Cooke, who I'm still with today.” Sidibe talked about how, even when she was broken down, pushed to the ground and was told by EVERYONE that they hated her, she did not quit and used these obstacles as an opportunity for growth. "How are you so confident?" "I'm an asshole!" Okay? It's my good time, and my good life, despite what you think of me. I live my life, because I dare. I dare to show up when everyone else might hide their faces and hide their bodies in shame. I show up because I'm an asshole, and I want to have a good time. And my mother and my father love me. They wanted the best life for me, and they didn't know how to verbalize it. And I get it. I really do. They were better parents to me than they had themselves. I'm grateful to them, and to my fifth grade class, because if they hadn't made me cry, I wouldn't be able to cry on cue now. [Dabs tears] If I hadn't been told I was garbage, I wouldn't have learned how to show people I'm talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn't have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable.” Its people like these, who make you want to take back what is yours, not be afraid to be yourself and ask for more, and for that, personally, ladies, I thank you. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!