The Positivity Challenge

The internet is a public place. True. 
My life is a private place. True. 

Despite these statements, I think it is important for them to intersect each other for a moment. 

One year ago, I tattooed the words: "it's ok" on my inner left forearm and I have always been fearful to explain my reasoning. Must I explain them to anyone? No, of course not. However, I want to for the sake of others who may be in a similar predicament as myself. I do not need to be elaborate in explaining that self-confidence does not come naturally to me. Struggling with a depressive state of mind is a serious matter and absolutely no way to live. "it's ok" is a reminder that stressful situations pass and that life has a way of working itself out. Believe it or not, these words have helped me become a more determined, self assured person and I encourage everyone to find small words that will help them find solid ground in life as well.

I want to make my readers aware of a few very VERY important life matters that I am discovering.

One: Everyone has feelings. Respect those feelings. Do not put ANYONE down for their dreams, beliefs, or flaws. Just because a person isn't present at a time or place does not give anyone the right to discuss their characteristics in a negative manner. You do not know what kind of internal conflict they are going through nor do you want to be the reason that someone harms him or herself physically or mentally. 

Two: Words will always remain the most powerful tool in human history. Words can be light or heavy. They have the ability to gracefully lift someone 100 feet into the air, or just the opposite. Heavy words are toxic and not everyone has enough confidence to dodge the bullets of the poison that human expression may possess. Be cautious of your word choice. Don't vocally express anything about anyone that you would not want to hear about you. 

Three: YOU are the only person who has to live with YOUrself for the rest of your life. Give you what you want. Give you what you deserve. Be open to your feelings. Stop comparing yourself to others. You are not them. Do not let anyone tie a leash to your wants and needs. Do not let them tug at your heart. You have the strength to release yourself from the chain that is holding you back from being the person you want to be. It honestly does not matter if I believe in you, or if your friend or family believes in you. It only matters if you believe in you. 

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The Positivity Challenge
Challenge yourself to go an hour, a day, a week, and then a month without putting someone down. This is a surprisingly difficult task, but let me tell you, I have been working on this for a few weeks now and it is helping my confidence tremendously. 

If you decide to take this challenge, please let me know how it goes for you by commenting below or feel free to email me using this link. 

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Maira Gall