As a blogger, I know I am bound to receive some "feedback" based on what I write, and I knew that coming into this social networking world. But from the outside, it's easy for others to judge and blame, and cast their opinions on those they don't even really know.
I write my blog about me--my life, my family, my friends, my activities, and the things I find important. For what it's worth, 99% of the comments I receive are positive and uplifting and make me continue to want to do this and journal life's up and downs, but of course with that comes the negative...the naysayers who can only try to belittle others to make themselves feel better, or to hide behind "anonymous" comments because they don't have the audacity to make themselves known. To them, I say...you just don't matter.
People can say what they want about you--they can talk about you and can assume they know you, but they don't and they never will. We all change and grow up and are finding our own paths. I just feel fortunate enough to have realized the people that truly matter far earlier in life than I thought I would...I find that to be a true blessing from God.
From the outside, you may think my life seems great. I get so many sweet notes and emails saying just how positive my outlook is on life and how they know they can always read my blog for some happiness no matter what's going on and I appreciate that more than you will ever know. But from the outside, you may not know that I have bad days just like everyone else...I have doubts, and get scared of what's to come, and have negative thoughts that run through my head, and days where I just want to stay in bed.
From the outside, you may not know that I have had to deal with a few life set backs just like everyone else...from a really bad car accident my freshmen year of college, to difficult bouts of asthma during my adolescent years, to having to make difficult choices as an adult about which path to pursue, these are things you just may not know about me. It's not all pretty, but it's my life and I know having to overcome these obstacles only makes me stronger.
So when you're faced with the "mean ones" who try to talk down to you and hurt you, just remember that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent...the best thing you can ever do is just to rise above the adversity and do much more--that only hurts their cause even more.