“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”

I was watching Ellen today, and was very inspired by a woman she had on the show. I had seen some things on the internet about a news anchor, and sister to one of my favorite actors Ron Livingston, being apprehended on TV, but I hadn’t really taken the time to read the article. After watching Jennifer Livingston today on Ellen, I was not only shocked, but very inspired.

I think the things that Jennifer addresses in this video are mind-blowing. It truly made me stop and consider how it affects me, and how things that we all say affect others. I was thinking when watching the video, why would anyone take the time to be so cruel to another person. I am not completely innocent in this either. I thought to myself about how I may not be outwardly cruel to someone but I am guilty of thinking and saying things about people that are unnecessary. This really opened my eyes to this, and has made me more aware of this judgement. I hope this video inspires you to be more aware, the same way it did me.

I hope that it also reminds you that the things that other people may say to you or think about you are not important. The way we are viewed by our loved ones and they way we view ourselves is what truly matters. Our self worth is not dependent on this judgement that other people pass with a momentary glance, we are  worth so much more. We are all different and wonderful in our own way. And whether someone is judging you because your skin is a different color, or your sexual preference isn’t the same as theirs, or you are skinnier or bigger than what they consider beautiful, this doesn’t matter. Don’t waste time worrying about these people, they are most likely insecure about themselves. These people’s opinions of you do not have to be your reality, unless you let it.

I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite quotes that I think is important to consider when you are the victim of judgement and hatred,

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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