What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see physical characteristics? How about your roles, as a daughter, sister, friend, mother? Or do you see your achievements, your mistakes and your experiences?
The What I See Project is a global online platform that recognises and amplifies women’s voices. Through each person’s unique and honest answer to the universal question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”, women from all over the world can be empowered by relating to each other’s words.
When I was asked to take part in the project I had recently come out of a long and difficult period of stress. During this time I had found it easier to focus my attention and my mind on something I could control – my weight. For me the answer to this exploratory question was obvious…
My whole life I have compared myself; not just to others but also to my own past- and even future-self. Constantly measuring and scrutinising myself ended up making me miserable – how could I ever be “good enough” if I was never as good as the next person?
We all know that person who appears to have it all, the looks, the confidence, the lifestyle. They appear to be… perfect. But we ALL have flaws. We ALL have insecurities.
Only now, through a period of reflection (no pun intended!), have I begun to realise that by removing the comparisons, I can learn true happiness in myself, and strive to be the best ME that I can be. After all, I am the grand total of everything I have experienced in my very own and unique life.
As Kurt Cobain apparently once said: “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
The most important factor of this campaign is diversity; because of this the What I See Project involves women from all walks of life. Julia Rebaudo from StyloNylon has also shared her answer, and will be communicating this with you very soon. Look out for her story here.
What do you see?
The What I See Project is open to all women, and they aim to get as many women involved in the project as possible so why not tell your own story? To be a part of this campaign, or to find out more, click here. Anyone who submits during the five-week campaign (27th August to 1st October) could be in with a chance of attending the amazing What I See launch event at the Science Museum. I’ll be there to celebrate this project!
Join in the buzz via the social media links below, and don’t forget to keep the conversation going using the campaign hashtag and Twitter handles: