A few weeks ago, I watched “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” with my soon to be teenage daughter. (Pray for me.) She sarcastically snarked (I lovingly call her Saturated Susie because she’s the new and improved version of me.) throughout the entire romantic teen melodrama but gave me my well-earned time with her. I don’t share about my children (for a litany of reasons) on social media often, but I felt this moment deserved to be shared.
As I sat watching this movie that showcases a “Korean-American” female lead, I had a moment. I had a moment where I realized that I never recalled watching an American-made movie where a person who looked like me was a main character, let alone THE lead character in anything. I was a little saddened at the thought, because I can remember so many times where my being different was made to look like a problem by others. I can even remember desperately wishing I were like everyone else. Praying I would wake up just like everyone else I knew, so that I could be accepted, as a human.
It may sound sad, or even silly to some, but to me at the time, as a pre-teen who once desperately wanted to be accepted, it was how I felt.
And feelings are feelings.
I am so very thankful that my children have the opportunity to see so many different types of amazing humans represented in today’s media. I hope they always find the beauty in every person. I hope they never take what makes any person unique for granted. I hope that we can grow in showcasing the beauty of all people in media because it does matter. To some of us, it matters so much.
I am thankful that I had the chance to share a powerful moment with my daughter, because every person has the right to be seen and represented. Every person has the right to live a full and beautiful life.