Choose to Stand

 

Any adult would agree that a big part of life is getting told what to do. I mean you get it from every angle. Commercials telling you what to buy, parents telling you what to clean, teachers telling you what to read, friends telling you who to date. That’s just life. People will always be telling you what they think you should do. More times than not, they are doing that because they love you and want you to make the best decision. Okay so Herbal Essences probably doesn’t love you, they just want you to buy the shampoo, but you get the point. 

We also live in a society that is more comfortable telling you to sit down than encouraging you to stand up. One of the most important things that you can do in life is to stand up for what you believe in. But, that doesn’t come without it’s challenges. You are going to run into many people that don’t agree with you or think you should stand for something else. You will experience people that stand a little bit taller than you. What matters is that you make the choice to never sit down. 

Stand for Yourself 

You are a force to be reckoned with. Powerful & capable of anything. There are going to be days where you feel like you are the only person standing for you. And that’s okay, because there are going to be days where you feel like the whole city is standing for you. But, you have to be willing to keep standing when you feel like you are standing alone. No one knows you quite like you do, so if you know that something isn’t right don’t do it. At the end of the day, you have to live with the decisions that you make, so make decisions that make you proud. Make a choice to fight for you. 

“I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to wish for a perfect life. the things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I’m choosing to stand up taller. I’ll probably get knocked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I’ll never stay on the ground.” ― Colleen HooverHopeless

Stand for What You Love 

I spend a lot of my time at work communicating and helping high school students. For the most part, they are cookie cutters of each other. They just want to blend into the crowd, which is to be expected based on their age. But, a few weeks ago, a young man came up to me and blatantly shared that he didn’t fit in and he wanted to find a school that didn’t make him feel “weird.” He was only 15 years old, but he knew what he liked and he didn’t want to change just to fit in with his other classmates. He was okay with not being a part of the popular opinion. 

There’s a huge lesson to be learned from him. Don’t let people make you feel dumb for standing up for what you love. Embrace what you love and what ultimately makes you, you. It is easy for people to look at something that you love and make you feel insignificant if they don’t love it too. Just realize that they aren’t making that choice, you are. On the flip side, remember that you don’t get to make someone feel like less of a person based on what they stand for. It’s okay to stand for something that’s different. 

“You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, ‘I’m a representative.'” -Maya Angelou

I want to challenge you to find something you believe in, whatever or whoever that may be, and make a choice to stand up for it. I made a choice a year ago to stand up for myself and get healthy. I made a choice to go into a career where I get to stand up for equal education. I make the choice everyday to stand up for women. I make the choice to stand up for equality and people who cannot stand for themselves. And one thing that I can promise I will never do is sit down. Come on, let’s stand together. 

-O

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