"It takes a lot of energy to be negative. You have to work at it. But smiling is painless.I'd rather spend my energy smiling." - Eric Davis
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a 16-year-old girl entering my sophomore year of high school.
I was strolling along the hallways of campus one morning when a boy - whom I had never met - approached me and started insulting me. He ridiculed my appearance by making fun of my tall stature and said he wouldn't be caught dead dating a "giraffe."
I could see his friends laughing at me just 10 feet away. I'm guessing he was trying to look tough in front of them and he felt the only way to do it was to pick on an innocent girl.
Instead of retaliating back, I went straight to the bathroom and called my aunt to pick me up from school. I didn't go to class for the next two days. His foul words and his negative energy followed me like a dark cloud for many years.
I became very insecure and doubtful of my abilities. I didn't feel like I was good enough for anyone. I was completely focused on other peoples’ thoughts and perceptions about me.
So much so that I was willing to change every little thing about myself just as long as I was liked and accepted by others. It was a difficult period in my life. As soon as I let go of the negativity from others, that's when I began to live.
I'm sure many of you have experienced negative comments and insults from other people. Telling you you're not talented enough, smart enough, skinny enough, pretty enough, strong enough - I could go on forever, but you get the point. Don't let the negativity define you.
Trust in your abilities and the greatness that lies within you.