I grew up being told I’m “too sensitive” by relatives and so-called friends, that I needed to “suck it up” and “kids will be kids” in reference to teasing and bullying. I cried. A lot. I was (and still am) shy. These emotions, my character traits, made me feel BAD. They made me believe that I was different and that my feelings were wrong.
But do you know what I realized as an adult?
All of those traits that I had as a shy little girl and still have today are GOOD ones!
I am sensitive. Words hurt. Words are wounds that endure the test of time. Because of this, I truly care about my words and how they affect others. This makes me thoughtful.
I’ve found my voice when I witness others being teased or bullied. I don’t hesitate to stand up for those who are being mistreated. Whether that person is a family member or a complete stranger, I’m an advocate for kindness.
I cry. I get choked up at certain commercials. I cry when I’m incredibly happy. I cry when I’m sad. I also cry when I see others in pain, mental and/or physical. This makes me compassionate.
I want people to be happy. I like making people happy. I hate seeing people I care about depressed. I am loving.
I am a thoughtful, compassionate, and loving advocate for kindness.
There is NO such thing as too many “I love yous,” too many hugs, or too many acts of kindness. We only get one chance at this life. Why not live it happily and make others happy too?
I’ll leave you with my current email signature:
In January of 2012, I attended a Succeed Faster conference and was able to experience my first Big Dream Gathering . 40+ people wrote down and shared 150+ dreams…and some of them are on the path to becoming a reality.
So what’s my big dream? A world free of bullying, free of hate, free of mean.
A simple smile or hello can brighten someone’s day. A hug can help heal someone’s pain. Pay it forward. Commit random acts of kindness.
Whose life could you have changed today?
- Sarah O’Brien
Graphic Designer @ Handicap This