Upon request, I have decided to touch base on a matter that I find is extremely important. You guessed it, standing up for yourself. I have seen too many cases where someone gets pushed around or rejected of an opportunity because they were too nervous to speak up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect. I’m not a public speaker and some confrontations are intimidating. But sometimes, right and wrong outweigh timid and scared. Every now and then, you have to, well, stand up for yourself, take charge of a situation, and let everyone know what’s up. There is a time for your two cents. There is a time for your opinion. While that may not be all the time, occasionally it comes to the point where it’s all that matters. Let me give you an example. Someone I know (to give a name, Bob) was having problems at home. But in this specific instance, it wasn’t his immediate family causing the problem. It was with his parent’s siblings and their kids. The aunt and uncle believed that Bob was basically a failure because he wasn’t doing the same thing that their kids were doing, like having a job or a car or taking the same classes. They even insulted Bob for not having a good enough backpack. So what did Bob do? He stood up for himself. He retaliated. Now, you might think Bob was just overreacting. No, it was quite the opposite. Bob’s family is constantly putting him down and telling him that he won’t amount to anything. Why am I telling you this story? To emphasize the point I’m trying to make. Bob felt like enough was enough. He’d had it with all the insults and arguments. So he spoke up. Long story short, the aunt and uncle didn’t take it very well. But he showed them that they had gone too far. And that’s what I’m trying to say. You don’t have to defend yourself from every single negative comment you receive. If you did that, you would successfully push away anyone close to you in one sweeping motion. But there is a time and a place where action is necessary. Speak up. Let your voice be heard. You are worth something in this world. Prove it. Earn it. Be it. If you expect everything to come to you, you’ll be in for a world of hurt when it really matters. Don’t be afraid of what people think of you. Who are they to say what’s right and wrong? What makes them such an expert on morality? When is it okay for someone to push you around? Trick question, it’s never okay! You have every right to speak up and have your voice heard. No one is above you. In fact, those who believe they’re above anyone else are the people who are the lowest in society. I’m not telling you to be uptight and expect everything your way. But if someone is putting you down, they don’t deserve your time. Make a name for yourself. Don’t be someone that anyone can walk all over. Be someone who can make a difference. That’s how you’ll be happy.