In my 6th Grade classes, our current unit is called, “Discovering Yourself”, where we talk about heredity, characteristics, personality, and most important, self-esteem. Today in my discussion on self-esteem, something just completely clicked for me and brought me to a place I haven’t been in a very long time.

I said to my kids, “You know, you either have a high self-esteem or a low self-esteem. There have been times where my self-esteem has been very low and then there are times where my self-esteem has been and can be very high….maybe even too high. Like now for instance. I AM AWESOME. And I want everybody to know how awesome I am. And guess what?! If they don’t think I’m awesome, that’s too bad for them because they are completely missing out and don’t need to be apart of my life!”

Do not allow the negative words or actions of others take over your being. The second we take ownership of that negativity, we fall into a cycle that becomes difficult to break free from. I admit that I have allowed the hurtful words and actions that have been done to me push me away from activities and others due to my own feelings of inadequacy, but guess what? I was never nor will I ever be a victim. You grow, you stay strong, and you have faith that there is a plan for you greater than you could ever imagine.

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Be honest. Be brave. You never know what one kind act or word can do to change somebody’s life.