To The People Who Brought Me Down

To The People Who Brought Me Down

Guess what? You lost.
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Dear readers,

Did you ever get bullied in middle school? I did, but this was so long ago that I basically suppressed the memories. Sometimes my mind wanders and I get reminded of how this felt through old memories.

In the ending of my middle school years, I was made fun of for things I do not want to mention. But the feeling of never being good, pretty, or even stylish enough was something that existed before big social media. I was talked about, pointed at, teased, and even cyber bullied for a short but painful time. This is not something anyone should ever feel this is not something anyone should be ever going through. But guess what? I am proud I overcame those hard times. This is not a letter about what happened this is a letter discussing what I went though, this is a letter explaining how my life is now because of what I was put through.

While being put down, I built myself up. I made friends with the right people and I changed my wardrobe. I fell into a few bandwagons like getting the iPhone 4 and wearing leggings for pants (which everyone and I still do). I didn’t let negative words give power to me anymore. I might not love myself completely but I love myself now more than ever.

I am thankful for all the people in my life, you have shaped an insecure girl into someone who will do nothing but love all of you back unconditionally. You have shaped and are still shaping me into the woman I have always wanted to become. The days of sadness still linger in my mind, but your strong words never fail me. I am also thankful for the people who do not participate in my life anymore, maybe we have grown apart or maybe we just do not talk anymore but are on social media. Whatever the case is I thank you too. You have shaped that small part of my life and without meeting you I would not be as strong and have met the people in my life right now without the help of you.

Being bullied opened a new light up for me in my mind. I became cautious of others feelings and I have grown empathy as well. I can look at someone who is probably insecure and say “I have been through this before as well” I can help others with my kind words because I know that was not always given to me.

I want to thank my bullies for making me stronger, the people in my life that wanted nothing other than to bring me down just made me stronger. I walked into school every day with fear of what they would say, but I walked out with something that I had and they didn’t, strength. What I went through then was just the stepping stones of the strength and happiness that developed later in my life.

I can happily say that I have stood up for myself and that I have developed my own standards for other people that if they can’t meet maybe that just means they aren’t worth it. It is not great to have big standards for people but having basic standards like RESPECT for other people is something that you should have, unless you want to be walked all over. If someone can talk about you negatively or make fun of you to your face, why be so kind? Defending yourself is what we are born to do, just something not many can do.

Everyone, if someone is bullying you or bringing you down, they aren’t worth your breath. I am here to tell you this; you are worth it, you can get through this and those people are not worth it. Life is so beautiful and so fulfilling, this time in your life is only temporary because once you are doing your own thing either in college or anything else your heart desires you will find your happiness. Enjoy the moments you think you won’t enjoy, those are usually the most memorable. Be kind to everyone around you, you do not know what they are dealing with.

Sincerely,

The girl who is much stronger

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It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.

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Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.


Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.


Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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