Wednesday January 20th, 2016

Prancing Elites Project: “You have to be your biggest cheerleader”

Tuesday nights on Oxygen has been blessed by the presence of (in my opinion) the best television show on right now that I have access to. I love me some Prancing Elites. Its my one show that I won’t allow anyone to interrupt for any reason. I absolutely love it. If you watched the season premiere last night then you’ll recognize the quote in the title. Adrian, who is just drop dead gorgeous btw, was coaching a dance squad and there was one girl who he just connected with. He mentored her in a wonderful way that really just encapsulates my entire point in here.
When you recognize pain in someone else, or low self-esteem or hurt, you have an option to help. Always know that you can intervene. Have you ever had someone tell you jokingly that they are going to commit suicide and then laugh it off like it’s some joke. What happens when that person wasn’t joking? What happens if all it would have taking was you letting them know that you care.
Let me tell you how that feels. It’s awful. I have had that happen. When you recognize someone is pain and you don’t say anything to avoid you being inconvenienced or making yourself uncomfortable. Well…hogwash. Huge regret in my life was knowing that someone is in pain and not asking them how I can help. The next morning they tried to commit suicide and was almost successful. Thank God for the diligence of certain C/O’s…
So when I see something genuinely good on a show like the Prancing Elites, I just cry and cry. I identify with each one of them in my own way. When they do things like just be comfortable in their own skin they inspire those who watch to be themselves too. Nothing is more beautiful then watching someone be ok with themselves. The confidence of being accepted by your own mind is something that is rarely seen anymore.
I obviously hope that you check it out on Oxygen, Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.!
Another quote from that same episode that I like is “God made me how He made me, and that’s how I’m gonna be”. I love that attitude. It’s one that we should be spreading all around this globe. Not just for the LGBTQ community but for all people. Men and women who are different from what society calls the ‘norm’. Born a little heavier, or with the wrong color hair or of a different nationality. All things that God deemed beautiful when He made us. If it’s good enough for Him, it’s good enough for me. I will work on accepting that.
People, God made us how He made us. Love yourself and love those around you with all your abilities. Even if they don’t love you back, you may just be the only one to ever love that person in the whole wide world. You may be the difference between a person wanting to live or wanting to die. Or a person doing something awful out of anger or spite. Just love those around you no matter what. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, all they are thinking is how can that person love so many people? You’ll be a hero before you know it.

With Love

Jeff Utnage 823469