#1,484 Brave.

Today, I got my feelings hurt. This isn’t surprising. I’m more tenderhearted than I care to admit, and every now and again you begin to realize that someone you considered a friendly acquaintance maybe doesn’t share the sentiment. And when that happens, it gets under my skin and simmers. I remember that awful grade school feeling and try to tell myself you can’t make everyone like you, right? You can’t make everyone happy. That’s what they say. But it’s still hard to accept. I really like making everyone happy.

But today, this song made me feel better. I know that’s trite, but it’s the truth.

You can be amazing, you can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug.

Little girls can be mean, then they sometimes grow up and become women who are mean, who say and do things that hurt. I don’t have to be one of them. Everyone doesn’t have to like me, and that’s okay. I don’t like milk chocolate—but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.


Monday, January 6th, 2014

Daily Journal

13 thoughts on “#1,484 Brave.

  1. Awh, that is sad but people can be cruel-especially girls. It's like being back in grade school sometimes. Just remember, the only ones that really matter are the people that mean the most to you and love you like you love them.
    Pat in Chicago

  2. Remember how precious life and your time are and then don't give this any energy. She/he isn't worth a second thought. Instead, give them a prayer – they must need it to be so negative and bitter as to hurt another person. We all love you – and to have people out in cyberspace that love you without ever actually meeting you says you are doing something incredible. Keep on keepin on my sister.

  3. We have 3 daughters, and I've had to have this conversation with them more times than I like. I tell them all the time that mean girls just become mean women so develop thick skin and keep doing what you do. For the life of me I can't figure out why women are so mean to each other. Imagine the progress that could be made if women spent as much time building each other up as they do tearing each other down. Head up, Erin…many people let their jealousy get the best of them and strike out at the people they actually wish to be more like. You are an inspirational young women with so much to offer our community and the world :):)

  4. I am so sorry. I will never understand why women try to tear each other apart. (or anyone for that matter) Mean is never a positive attribute and certainly not one that welcomes friends/positive relationships. Perhaps it is their own insecurity that makes them that way, which is not an excuse, but an explanation.

    Keep on being you. Spend your time and energy on those who love you. They are the ones who deserve your attention.

    Take care of you! Hugs…

  5. You are amazing…and thanks for turning YOUR phrases into ones of hope, courage and inspiration. @ Erin's mom: thanks for making it totally ok to still want to have that response when my 12 year old is in her twenties and still runs into mean girls!!

  6. It's hard when others treat you in a way that you wouldn't treat them, but keep your chin up, my friend! You're an inspiring, talented woman who puts a great deal of good out into the world. Don't let others bring you down!

  7. (Let's try this for the 3rd time on a diff OS.)

    It's REALLY tough to turn the other cheek, especially when you can't wrap your head around why people are mean for no apparent reason. Women are CRUEL. I'm constantly trying to perfect my own response/coping mechanism to it, so I remind myself that people who are miserable and/or insecure are the only ones on the planet that lash out on others. Think about it: Do happy, secure people pick on others? Nope.

    Keep your chin up. Don't let a nasty soul distract you from being who God made you to be. Which is…fabulous. And smart. And cute as a button. XOXO – Jen

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