STANDING UP FOR YOURSELF


#ThoughtsbyKatie

Everyone is placed in certain situations or goes through something that they don't think deserve nor truly understand. The other day I went through something that may have given me a deeper perspective on how people can act, but it also left me feeling unsettled. We are placed in these situations for a reason. Bad things happen to make you stronger and more aware that you are capable of dealing with anything thrown in your direction. I'm not going to get into what I went through the other day, that doesn't matter anymore and I'm leaving it in the past, but I'm not going to lie and say it didn't affect me. I used to think that it was better to just ignore what people physically do or say to you and to never get wrapped up in the middle of a problem. I thought that was the best way to deal with an issue. But then I met someone who had an impact on me and really taught me the power of speaking up for yourself and others, especially when dealing with people who get in your personal space and don't respect you. I also witnessed that actions overpower words. For example, you can say one thing but then actually do another, or someone can say something mean to your face or actually physically come at you and hurt you. But something clicked inside of me where I realized that it is so important to be direct with people who physically or emotionally hurt you. It's not okay to just leave things how they are and ignore a problem just because you're scared of the possible outcome. No one should be scared to speak up for themselves. I also realized that after you stand up and protect either yourself or someone you love, you need to learn how to be the bigger person and move on, regardless of you how young or old you are. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you should live a happy life and be kind to others, but don't take shit from people or let them walk all of over you