I finally have a moment to sit down. It has been a crazy morning! Super fun, but crazy. I have been pushing my body to its limit with all the dancing and exercise I am forcing it to do. While it feels good to push myself hard again, I am sure beat. For once I am thankful that it is nap time and I can rest for just a bit. While I have been dancing I started to think about the dance “Brave” that I am choreographing. My train of thought went quickly to how I have to talk to all the youth in a few weeks and get them excited for the big Dance Festival. As I pondered what words I might say to them, my thoughts went back in time to when I was in High School. It seems like it was just yesterday and granted it wasn’t that long ago. Just over five years ago I walked the halls of my High School that was full of wonderful, stressful, difficult, exciting challenges. Part of me wishes that I can go back and talk some sense into my stubborn self. But the lessons that I learned then helped shape me into who I am today. So I decided what I want to help the youth to see and know is what I would tell own high school self, if I could go back in time five years ago. Which is this:
I know that you are strong. While you may doubt that for a time, I know that you are strong. This is the time when you will figure out who you are and where you stand. It is so easy to let the pressures of fellow students get to you and turn you into someone that you may not want to be. There will come a time when you will have to choose if you want to be who your Heavenly Father wants you to be or who your friends want you to be. I hope that you choose to be what God wants you to be. I faced that same decision during my sophomore year. So many friends were trying to get me to do things that I wasn’t comfortable with. One time many of my “friends” enclosed me in a circle and tried to get me to say the F word. Now I don’t cuss, not only does our church council us against it but it was against my own standards that I had set for myself as well. My friends knew that, but that didn’t stop them from trying to change me. The kept pressuring me and repeating the F word over and over. I hate to admit it, but I almost said it. I could feel the word at the tip of my tongue. I just wanted them to stop. But then one friend stepped up and told them to leave me alone and then she looked at me and told me to never do what I don’t want to do. That one friend was the only one who stood up for me. While her and I were never extremely close, I respected her and trusted her. I learned something from her that day. I learned that I need to be brave and stand up for who I am. Junior year I made several new friends and hung out with different people. Those people who were constantly trying to change me stopped. They learned that I am strong and I am brave and they can not change who I want to become.
I know that you are amazing. Too often we only focus on our flaws. But each and everyone of us are amazing inside and out. Once you realize that, you will be stronger and achieve more then you ever thought imaginable. Do not compare yourself to others. What you see is only one side of the story. You do not see the tears, the frustrations, the doubts, the heartache that every single person feels. Chances are people are watching you and are wishing they were more like you. Embrace who you are and the wonderful talents you have been given. Life would be boring if we were all the same so be happy being you.
Never give up and keep smiling. Always look for the good in situations and in people. And most importantly build people up and do not tear them down. There was a lady that I knew growing up who never said a bad word about anyone. She was amazing and so fun to be around. I knew that I wanted to be like her, always seeing the good in whatever life deals you and always building people up. It has been my goal ever since I was a young girl. I must say it has helped me forgive easier and to ask forgiveness quicker.
Last and most importantly, always know that you are loved and that you are never alone. You have a loving Heavenly Father who loves you so much. He wants the best for you and he is always there to help you. If you ever feel that no one will understand what you are going through just remember our Savior felt and experienced everything you are going through. He will help you through. If you just pray sincerely for help, you will feel light even in the darkest of times.
So be Brave. Be Strong. Be Amazing. Be Happy. And be You
So many scattered thoughts, but nap time is just about up which means… Play Time! So excited to play with my little girl soon. I am sure that we will have some awesome adventures. I wonder what we will do….Tags: brave, thoughts