You have no idea how angry you have made me. All those times you let people make fun of you and take advantage of you–why couldn’t you stand up for yourself? Do you not realize what tolerating all of this will eventually do to you over the years? You will be afraid of everything and will take everything personally–from the high school kid pranking your Craigslist ad to the man in the grocery store threatening you over a parking space. You will agonize for days, weeks, even months over things that are insignificant.
Do you even realize the power that fighting back could give you? You will be in control of your life, instead of the words and actions of others. You won’t be afraid to go out of the house because someone wrote something bad about you online and they might find you, as illogical as that sounds. You won’t cry yourself to sleep thinking, for some insane reason, that it is all your fault.
Standing up for yourself is such a simple solution to preventing a lot of pain. Sure, it may feel painful itself at first. But just think… you will be a much stronger person in the end. You will not be afraid and you will be whole.
Your Former Self
This is the sixth week I have participated in the Indie Ink Writing Challenge. I was chosen to challenge Mean Girl Garage. Amy challenged me to write a letter to my childhood self. We have had such a wonderful group of writers these past few weeks. Please check out their blogs and show them your support.