Category: Mental health
Glennon Doyle, previously known as Glennon Doyle Melton, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of the well-known Momastery.com. She is a recovering bulimic, alcoholic, and drug user. She discusses shame, life, and the bruises and epiphanies that lead us toward realizations and decisions. While I was listening to a presentation of hers from 2013, the opening statement left an impression on my heart:
“When I was eight-years-old, I started to feel exposed, and I started to feel very awkward. Every day I was pushed out of my house and into school, all oily, and pudgy, and conspicuous. And to me, the other girls seemed so cool, and together, and easy. And I started to feel like a loser in a world that preferred superheroes.”
Glennon goes on to say that she learned to wear superhero capes at a young age. And contrary to what a superhero cape suggests for modern-day culture, Glennon describes capes as the things you put over your real self, “so that our real tender selves don’t have to be seen and can’t be hurt.” Examples of capes she gives are pretending, addiction, perfectionism, overworking, snarkiness, and apathy.