“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and then it will never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister
September will always be the month that we identify with flowers, green leaves and colour. In a poetic sense, spring reminds me of new beginnings, beauty, and being free.
We celebrated women the whole of August, and with spring bringing new life, it reminded me that we should celebrate ourselves. So this September I want each and every one of us to celebrate and embrace who we are!
It does not matter where you came from or where you are at this stage in your life. It does not matter who you were. What truly matters is who you have become. The person you are now is the only one that matters. And let me tell you something about that person:
The person you are deserves to be loved, deserves to be happy, deserves to find hope every day, deserves to laugh – and most importantly – deserves to live life the way you have always intended.
But remember – even though you should celebrate and embrace yourself, you should always respect and love the people around you. Just like you, they also deserve all the good things in life.
There will be days when you will be happier and more radiant than someone around you – so share your smile, share your happiness, and let your positivity spread like a wildfire. And when the day comes when you feel a bit blue, I am sure a friend or even a stranger will share their kindness with you too.
Even though we embrace who we are now, we should never forget where we came from, who we were, or what we went through. There is always a reason for everything. Sometimes a bad thing will happen to you, but you will be moulded by this bad situation and become who you were meant to be.
“When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That is what the storm is all about.” – Haruki Murakami
Tim Fargo said that who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. So be the person today that you would be proud of if you had to look back tomorrow. Be the person that can say: “This is me” and be content.
Students of College SA, remember who you are and believe in who you want to be. It is spring. Love yourself, listen to the sound of hope that lives within you, and share it!