No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt, 'This Is My Story,' 1937
I have always loved this quote, although I haven't always lived by it (but I should). It is too easy to let others "get to you" through their words. I am a pretty sensitive person, so putting my thoughts out in a public blog where any random person can read them is a bit of a crap shoot at times. I never know if someone in this town is reading it and saying shit about me behind my back.
I would love to be the kind of person who just lets things slide off their back, but sometimes that is much easier said than done. I am fortunate so far in that I haven't heard of anyone saying mean things about me or my blog. And that is good. But I am aware this has happened to other bloggers and it makes me angry like you wouldn't believe.
I still don't have the thick skin my dad always wanted me to develop (sorry, I am human with feelings), but I will try to live by this quote the best I can. I have spent too many of my almost 32 years on this planet putting myself down (something else I am working on), so why do I need to listen to catty bitches and stupid assholes anyway? I am working on being the best "me" that I can, and as long as I know it, I shouldn't care what anyone else thinks.
Oh, and Eleanor Roosevelt was full of awesome quotes! Here are a couple more I love:
"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision."
"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
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