There are two quotes that are resonating with me today and have been for a while.
They are Mae West’s quote “I never said it was going to be easy, (and it certainly hasn’t been…today, I feel exhausted) I only said, it’s going to be worth it” (and, worth it, it is) :-). and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote “I Hope You Live A Life You Are Proud Of.
And, this is what my story is about today. You may be wondering what these two quotes have to do with the title of today’s blog and so I’ll get started as this is where my story begins.
For most of my life, I have felt in my heart an urgency to stand up for those who are wronged, bullied, in pain, and those dealing with more in life than many others ever have to endure. My heart goes out to all of them.
I felt it was my mission to help those who were and are treated poorly, criticized, picked on, and ridiculed simply because they appeared or acted differently or because they were physically vulnerable or weak. I felt like this was part of my purpose in life. But, what I found most difficult was having the courage to stand up to the offenders and trying to get them to understand that each and every person has a God given right to be here on this earth and be treated with respect and care and to feel loved and valued by others. Whenever I stepped into a situation, I always had that horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach when I knew I was going to have to intervene where someone was hurting someone else. It took a long time for me to have the courage and be okay with the consequences of my actions…yes, even positive actions can have fallout consequences and some of those have been pretty severe.
Life is about people. Life is about supporting and encouraging others. It’s about helping others feel safe, it’s about helping when people are hurting. It’s about loving others and showing them they are important. It’s about helping others follow their own hearts and live out their dreams. It’s about temporarily forgetting about my own needs when the needs of another are much more prevalent and urgent than my own.
This self imposed purpose of mine was not easy, it was hard just like Mae West said. It took a lot of courage as well, courage I didn’t even think I had, but, I learned so much and I hope I have made an impact. And, it was Mae West’s quote that, in my older adult years, that brought me through the really tough stuff. I learned quite a few lessons as I went through all those experiences of being on the outside. Mine wasn’t the popular role but, after all, I have no one to blame but myself as I did choose to follow my heart and will keep on choosing it because she is right, it is worth it!!!!
So, yes, Mr. Fitzgerald, I have lived a life I am proud of because it is within living that life that I have become who I am! A strong, courageous, happy, mostly confident 🙂 and loving person that hopes to make a positive impact in small ways by helping those who need it in this world of ours for many more years to come.
When you find the time…Spread a little kindness today, stand up for someone being wronged, stand up for the vulnerable, help someone who is hurting, spend a little time with someone who is lonely, help someone who is struggling, take time to listen to others, and bring a smile, hope, and sunshine to someone’s world. We are all counting on each other and we are all responsible for making this world a better place.
Lately, I have found so many people who are struggling to know their value and so another quote that comes to mind that fits nicely here is….”You is kind, You is smart, You is important,” from the book and movie, The Help. Lets all try to be the reminder to those struggling that they are important and valued in this world and deserve to be treated with respect and love.
Hugs<3 and I hope everyone had a Happy Thursday!