I used to think that as a parent, I would encourage you to one day ignore when people called you names, teased you or hurt you. I wanted you to be that strong character who would ignore if kids called you a nerd/stupid/fat/thin/loser/moron/poor/rich/non-sporty, and let’s face it, kids can be cruel.
But lately I’ve been thinking that the healthiest approach is to hear, feel, see things in perspective, and then move on. See, I’ve been hurt a little bit recently by other people’s tweets and blog posts and comments, and while I thought I could just ignore and move on, the truth is that I feel deeply, and need to feel in order to get past it.
I think feeling is my part of processing things, and without it, it’s difficult to propel forwards. My advice is to treat harsh words like a wave – let them rise, feel them, and let them wash over when you’re ready. See the wave for what it is and from whence it comes, and stand stronger afterwards.
You’re human. You’re allowed to feel (even as a boy), but pick yourself up when you’re ready and don’t allow others’ dark words determine what you think of yourself. Oh, and make sure you eat your veggies, and carry on being awesome.
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