Posted by Ryan Morgan on January 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Tell Them‘s January social media campaign asks organizations, programs, and businesses in South Carolina, “What are you doing in 2014 to encourage healthier youth in SC?”
By: Kristin Morris
I come from a family of a lot of women. I am one of three daughters and my mother is one of four daughters. During the holidays when we all get together it usually ends up with all of the ladies sitting around a table chatting. I was talking with my aunt about the summer camp that I help plan in Columbia (Girls Rock Columbia
) and building young girls' self-confidence. She said - so simply - something that has stuck with me since:
"People can tell you you're good at something, or smart, or pretty - but the only way to truly build self-confidence is to do something that is difficult and succeed."
That's what we do at camp! And that's what New Year's Resolutions are all about, too. Setting goals for ourselves that are difficult, but achieving them makes us feel stronger and more confident.
When we feel good about ourselves we treat ourselves and the people we are around with respect. This most definitely affects the choices we make with our own personal sexual health - and that of our partner.
I believe so much of making responsible decisions about safe sex has to do with how we view ourselves; feeling like we deserve to have a safe experience with someone instead of an experience that could potentially expose us to unwanted consequences. When you choose to be with a partner that values your health as well as their own you're treating each other with respect. When we focus on empowering ourselves then it's a natural result that we would start making good decisions about our health and those around us.