Words Hurt

-Nyla Paige ballard

Words Hurt

People who are criticized everyday for whatever reason have no fun in life. They will try and change themselves to be accepted. Then they end up living there life for others and not for themselves.

Living your life for someone else is never fulfilling. You try so hard to impress other people; you forget what truly makes you happy. I once knew a girl from seventh grade who lived her life to impress others. She didn’t have any real friends or even a favorite type of music. She just always listened to what others were listening to in order to be accepted. She never seemed to be truly happy. I finally asked her why she tried so hard to impress others. She said “it’s better than being made fun of for being myself.”

I felt so bad for her knowing that she was never having any fun. It’s a shame that people always have to degrade others for simply being different. The people who sit there and judge everyone else are normally insecure about themselves. They feel like they have to pick on someone else to make themselves feel better.

I told the girl to start living life for herself and not for others. She came to me the next day and said that she didn't even know where to begin. She had forgot who she was deep down inside. I simply asked her what she did before high school for fun. She couldn’t even think of anything. I told her to come and hang out with me and my friends and to be herself. It took her awhile to become her own person, but with some work she got there.

We let others have too much influences on our own lives. We tend to do what they want, dress how they want, and so on. What others say to us really matters. Next time you make fun of someone for how they dress or how they act, think about how that person might take it. Does that person have low self esteem? Are they just different? We shouldn’t judge others or make fun of others. Words can hurt.