30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 2

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Day 2: Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.

I find it really unsettling that when I read this, I instantly thought of a dozen negative and horrible things that people have said about me over the years. It is a sad but true fact that the negative things people say often outshine the positive ones, and it would be all too easy for me to add to that with this post, but I just don’t want to. I could talk about how people made fun of my size, or when people said cruel things, but that’s not something that I want to remember. Those are the things that everyone wants to forget. Instead, I’m going to talk about something that makes me smile when I think of it. Something that means far more to me and shows who I am far more than any of the negative things people could say about me. I was told once that I have a beautiful soul, and that my daydreamer’s mind will take me to places that other’s aren’t even capable of dreaming about. I don’t know if I can even get across to you how meaningful this was to me. It made every inch of my body and mind happy. People can tell you every day that you look beautiful. They can compliment your hair or your clothes. They can point out how nice your body is. But there will always be that little voice inside you saying that they’re wrong or they’re lying. But when someone tells you that your soul is beautiful, or that who you are as a person is beautiful, it’s just one of those compliments that your brain doesn’t even know how to dispute. It’s a compliment that settles deep into your heart and stays there, waiting to remind you of it when someone hurts you or makes you feel less than what you are.

I am a daydreamer through and through. There’s no other way to describe me really. There isn’t a moment that goes by when I’m not daydreaming about things in the back of my mind. I used to get in trouble at school as a child for it. They didn’t want that quality inside me to survive. Teachers, parents, principals, everyone; they did their best to pull my head back under the clouds and to get me to focus on my work and only my work. And at the time, I almost wanted it to work. People made daydreaming and imagination seem like such a bad thing, as if it would make me less intelligent or it would make me a bad student, when really it does the opposite. I’m able to see now that daydreams, imagination, and creativity have shaped me into the person I am now. And I only realized that when someone said those words to me: my daydreamer’s mind will take me to places that other’s aren’t even capable of dreaming about. My mind makes me different, unique, and my mind makes me, me.

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”Neil Gaiman

The moral of this post, I suppose, is that even though people have said and will continue to say bad things about you and things that hurt you, you don’t have to make those words be the ones that define you. You can just as easily hold onto something someone says about you that makes you happy. Something that means the world to you. I’ve let my mind be the thing that defines me, as a person, as an aspiring writer, as a human being. Not my thighs or my face or anything else that will change completely when I’m old and grey. Your appearance only lasts a short while, but your soul, well, some say that lives on forever.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

8 thoughts on “30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 2

  1. I know EXACTLY what you mean Lexie! As you may or may not know,I am on you because I have low self confidence and esteem and I absolutely ADORE the kindness and Love of the wonderful community,so it helps me to hear so many positive things all of the time. Growing up,I was bullied and picked on all of the time. As an adult,people see who I truly am and just recently and several other times in the recent past I’ve had people tell me I’m a good person and people are ALWAYS wishing the best for me. In bad times,I’ll think back to some of these things,and it makes me smile and warms my heart and soul. It’s those things that I try to remember that help me in my positive thinking journey. Remember the good and let the bad go!!

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  2. I like that you made this post positive, even though it could have been so easy to make it a negative rant. It’s nice to that you embrace daydreaming, rather than attempting to snap out of it like others tried to get you to do!

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  3. As a fellow blogger, I love monthly writing challenges…I’m doing one myself. Where did you find this one? The writing prompt for today’s was exceptionally insightful and challenging.
    I, as a child and still as an adult, find myself “daydreaming” ALL THE TIME. For me, daydreaming is a necessity to my sanity. I need time to retreat into my own headpiece and think about what’s going on in my day, how I have acted, what I want to do/need to do for the rest of the day. I need time to ponder on my hopes and dreams and if I am dedicating enough time to reach them.
    “There isn’t a moment that goes by when I’m not daydreaming about things in the back of my mind. I used to get in trouble at school as a child for it. They didn’t want that quality inside me to survive.”
    I, likewise, was constantly in trouble for daydreaming, but it made me retreat further into the safety of my own mind when people who didn’t understand tried to for me out of it. I think we’re the lucky ones who had an understanding person in our life encourage us exactly when we needed it.
    Keep on bloggin, ma’am!
    staceyaltamirano.com

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  4. Such a beautiful, positive post. Thanks for reminding me to grasp onto the thread of light.

    I was very much a daydreamer as a kid. Even when it got me into trouble at school, at home, my parents always said that it was something they didn’t want to get rid of, and I’m thankful for that.

    It seems like you were given the only compliment that matters. Bodies wither and die, but your beautiful soul will remain and define you until the end.

    Thanks for giving a bright start to my morning.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you so much.
      I’m glad that your parents saw the importance of it, I hope someday if I have children, I’ll remember how important it is too!
      Exactly, there’s only so far you can go with your body and your appearance.
      I’m happy I could help out in the small way that I did. 🙂

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