After each silent interview we asked each girl to share their thoughts on paper anonymously. We knew that this would give them the opportunity to be completely honest.
When we speak we often speak through many filters: What will people think? What words should I choose to say? I really don’t want to go that deep so I’ll give a quick answer. I don’t like my voice. What if I fumble my words? My mom doesn’t know this about me… And so on. Think of the filters you process your thoughts through when speaking to different people and on camera.
While we don’t know exactly what was going on in their minds while we filmed them, what they have written gets us as close as we are going to get. And although we would all love to match up the thoughts shared here with those who are in the video or the clips on the blog that will follow, reading their thoughts as a collection will have to suffice. All responses are 100% authentic and selected from the responses of all 23 girls.
We have selected 3 full responses to share with you on the blog, along with a short video for each question that includes those who weren’t used in the short film. A sample of the responses to each question is posted below each clip.
The following are all of the responses given by one individual.
Do you know who you are?
“Yes. I’m a wife. I’m a mother. I’m a daughter of God.”
Do you know where you fit in?
“I don’t know. I know where my family needs me to be. I’ve never felt like I’ve had a lot of friends who truly know me.”
Do you know that you are beautiful?
“Yes. It’s hard to feel that way being a stay-at-home mother of young children. I do know that I am a beautiful person.”
Do you know that you are a daughter of God?
“Yes. At times this knowledge is the only thing that has gotten me through hard times.”
Have you even been mean to someone?
“Yes. I thought of being mean or impatient with my little boys. I’m sorry. I was wrong! I love you more than you know.”
Has anyone ever been mean to you? Have you forgiven them?
“Yes. No. This person made my years in middle school and high school so hard and made me feel so small. I know she’s not sorry. I don’t think I’ve fully forgiven her.”
What would you tell another girl or woman who is struggling with self-worth?
“This is only a small moment in your life. You have so much to look forward to. You are beautiful. Heavenly Father loves you. I love you. Don’t let the cares of the world become you. Let others see your light through your actions and service to those around you.”