You know the saying “experience is the best teacher”. That is the most true saying in life. I think of the way the other kids that were like me treated me when I was a little girl child and I shudder. I grew from a little hurt black girl to a 36 year old black woman who loves and accepts herself. You can’t tell me there is no God. God made self acceptance and self love possible for me in my 30s. I don’t feel average or less than any other woman. I feel like the African American woman I am is the woman I want to be. I see people obsessed with tanning and I see black people bleaching their permanent tans to look white and it messes with my head sometimes. I get really dark in the summer and so does my Indian friend Mike but I see that as a beautiful thing and something to embrace about Ayesha. I remember when I was a little girl I did not see this “Ayesha Day” coming and it only took until my 31st birthday. I was just in my 20s not too long ago. Here I am!