In the midst of a break from studying French pronouns, I came across a new Ted Talk (see here) that I couldn’t watch without sharing. The speaker was Lizzie Velasquez, a 25-year-old who was once labeled ‘the ugliest woman alive’ because of a rare genetic ailment that prevents her from gaining weight.
I don’t know exactly what I expected before I watched the video, but afterwards I was in awe of how she used negativity to fuel her ambitions.
Velasquez also raised a fair question: What defines you as a person?
Your career? Your friends? Your clothes?
I would be lying if I said I didn’t have my own set of struggles. I worked hard to be where I am today and continue to deal with things that are out of my control. And I know many of you readers do the same.
I suppose I just want to highlight Velasquez’s message, especially with the beginning of 2014 still fresh in own minds: Even though things are hard, you can’t let those things define you. Looking at how positive Velasquez is about her problems gives me the inspiration to move forward with my goals – no matter how much I know it would be a lot less stressful to take the easy way out. But I try not to let my issues affect me, especially now. Just a few months ago, I was told I couldn’t move to Paris. And I did. A few weeks ago, I was told I couldn’t backpacking, and yet here I am, thankful for both experiences and even more optimistic about what I can accomplish.
I even just signed up for my first-ever three-day music festival, despite my fears of having a panic attack in a sea of people. But I can’t think like that – not if I want to continue accomplishing my goals. And, just as important, I can’t let others influence me into not pursuing my passions, too.
Like Velasquez said, “Use that negativity you have in your life to make yourself better.”
I wholeheartedly agree with that statement, as well as her symbiotic message: let your goals and success and accomplishments define you.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? What defines you?
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