A little Wisdom – Abel Prasad

There are times when I get down and then I think about it for a little.

So here are some words of wisdom from bloggers around Australia.

Rejection does not define you:

“Overall, rejection is going to inevitably happen in our lives at some point. Remember, the dreaded thin letter is simply a thin letter. This piece of paper says nothing about your worth, creativity or potential. Rejection is tough, especially if you had your heart set on something; however learning how to handle the unfortunate event can help in the long run.”

— Madonna Matta

Only you have the power to define what “beauty” means.

“I’ve learned that no matter your shape, size or what you look like you can be a princess. You can be whatever you want to be. A princess isn’t a size, it’s a state of mind. It’s loving yourself no matter what. It’s how to see yourself inside. It’s becoming your own princess and not buying into stereotypes. It’s making your own magic!”

— Ally Del Monte

“We need to realize that we choose our beauty. We are the ones who create realities for ourselves, and we need to move past this self-hate. Every single person in the world has beautiful qualities about himself or herself. It is best to step outside of the artificial stereotypical beauty that history has created for us, and to start deciding what truly appeals to us.”

— Nasir Fleming

“My lack of a thigh gap does not keep me from being beautiful, nor does any other ‘imperfection’ I’ve been blessed with. I don’t care to conform and look like every other girl, and I don’t much care about what society’s definition of beauty is because I know it’s only skin-deep. There are far more important things in life to care about.”

— Isabel Song

“Acceptance is acceptance. All bodies are bodies, but who cares? The people inside of them are way more interesting.”

— Miranda Feneberger

Who cares about haters

“You can’t allow people’s ignorant decisions to affect you. You fight off the fake friends, overly emotional family members, cyber bullying or the annoying cliché high school girl. You brush it off, you let it go, you keep trudging on.”

— Sabrina Dominguez

“To be brave, you have to stand up FOR the bullied, FOR yourself and TO the bullies.”

— Ally Del Monte

Worry more about your own mental and physical health.

“No matter what disability, disorder, impairment or other obstacle tries to rob you, it is not for them to dictate what you can and cannot do; it is YOU who decides.”

— Hannah Zack

“For those who are struggling with something similar, know that you’re not alone. There are teens all around you who are going through the same thing. Surround yourself with people who love you and want to help you. The biggest piece of advice I can give you, as a teen that’s been through it and is still going through it, is to be open. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, and talk about how you’re feeling often. Sometimes just being able to be open can make a huge difference.”

— Samantha Goodyear

You can’t learn everything in school.

“It is important to be culturally aware, so that as global citizens we can understand different beliefs and see beyond stereotypes. This way we can break the barriers of cultural insensitivity and build stronger relationships internationally.”

— Yii-Huei Phang

“It’s easy to ignore what’s going on around you, and to let people and events fade into one gigantic blur. But if you take a moment to observe, to really stop and give people some attention, you could learn a whole lot. You never know.”

— Camryn Garrett

Stay Positive

“Not only is it important to motivate ourselves, but one another, in ways that have been seemingly unfathomable in the past. The simplicity of kind gestures and warm embraces can run the world almost as well as Beyoncé.”

— Kamrin Baker

“You can’t win the war if your mind is always starting the fight. You’ve got to learn to love yourself, kid. You’ve got to see that you’re worth so much more than all those dark thoughts consuming your mind. You’re going to get through this, but only if you change the way you perceive yourself. You’re pretty freakin’ awesome, and it’s time you start believing it.”

— Hannah Strohmeier

Live your own life.

“Most of us will not become leaders of massive civil rights movements — although there are plenty of movements that need great leaders — however, we are already the leaders of our lives. I urge all my classmates to steer themselves in the direction that they know is right. I urge you to ignore anyone who tells you that the motive you hold so dear, the purpose behind your actions, is wrong or unimportant.”

— Jackson Barnett

“Make sure that you have goals that actually mean something to you, and then live them. Get into that college, become a tiger trainer, get your pilot certification. You are the goal and the goal is you. Become one with it. Never stop trying to reach it, and be on the lookout for new opportunities to fulfill them around every corner. If you’re going to do it, do it 500 percent. It’s going to be hard work, and you might not always enjoy it, but if it’s your goal (this is very important, that it’s your goal), it will be so worth it in the end.”

— Justina Sharp

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