Eleanor Roosevelt couldn’t have said it any better when she said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
There is a lot of unfairness in this world, and most people will fight back with “the world is not supposed to be ‘fair’.” However, I believe there is supposed to be a common ground. You’ve probably heard the saying, “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We say this more as a reinforcement to ourselves than we actually ever say it with true conviction. We all try to stay strong in the face of adversity, but sometimes it gets the best of us. Sometimes it even takes lives. Teenagers have committed suicide because of something hurtful another classmate said about them. It is my belief that these kids had no one to turn too, and they let these untrue words get the best of them. We have the option to let hurtful words bother us, or to shrug them off like it’s nothing. It may take awhile to shrug off, and it may take a lot of surrounding friends, but it is your choice to let someone make you feel inferior. No one can make you think or feel anything without your say, and often times, we cave way to easily into letting people take that control away from us.
Sir Edmund Hillary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” This profound simple statement is something that has stuck with me for years. When life gets hard we often urn to religion or people we trust to help get us through the tough times. However I don’t think we often realize that these troubles we are being put through are often a reflection of ourselves. In any challenge with which we are faced, we need to overcome our own feelings first. Challenges can be daunting, causing us to be afraid, lacking confidence, lazy or negative. Before being able to address our challenge we need to address our negative feelings and attitudes.
One of my favorite philosophers, Blaise Pascal always has some relatable quote. “All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” Today we have so much technology around us that sitting quietly in a room sounds like an extremely absurd idea to many people. There is not one student in my class, whom I have knowledge of, that doesn’t have some type of technology attached to them. Whether that be a phone, iPod, MP3, laptop, DS, whatever. My generation (born 1992 so Generation Y) has been born into a life of connectivity. We are always connected, no matter what. Our LIFE is on a single device that when submerged in water will degenerate, and cause us to go into some type of freak mental breakdown. It is a proven fact that kids in my generation and then generations to come after us, will have a harder time with communication due to technology. How will we teach out kids how to make friends in school if we are always on Facebook ourselves? If technology was completely abolished we would have to find other means of passing the time, and I’m pretty sure that many of us would not know how to do that any more. For many people, it is hard to sit in a room and paint or read a book without any music playing, or conversation happening because it’s just not as “fun.” From personal experience I know how relaxing it can be to sit in a room by yourself and read a 500 page book in a day, and I wish more kids of my Generation were able to experience that.