A to Z April 2020 Blogging Challenge

Empower Yourself

This April 2020, I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme this month is Mental/Emotional Health. I shall be writing articles/ stories/ poems/book review/ movie review for each letter the entire month.

Today is Day 5. For the letter E, I am writing about Empowering Thoughts, reflections that make life easier to handle. And, in the process, have an empowering handle!

There was a time in my school years when I was ragged. I remember two specific years – in my 4th grade and my 8th grade. I was a sickly child, very delicate, always falling sick. I had a good friend in my 4th Grade. We used to always spend time together. The only difference between her and me was the fact that I studied well and she always just managed to pass. But of course, we did not allow that to come between us. Or so I thought. We had spent our years from the 1st Grade to the 4th Grade together so when my friend began ragging me especially during the afternoon breaks I did not understand it at first. In fact, it seemed more like a game where I was constantly losing to her antics. Gradually, I started feeling uncomfortable and began dreading recess.

What was traumatic was the fact that she was my best friend and I felt very sad within. We came to the end of the academic year and my friend couldn’t get to the next grade. I felt very bad for her but there was nothing that I could do. I tried talking to her during recess but she refused to speak to me. The only fact that was empowering was my ability to do well in studies. Because I had passed to the next grade, I was forced to be away from her and thus, escaped her ragging.

Again, in the 8th Grade, I was bullied. It wasn’t aggressive ragging but it made me feel weak from within. Not that I was mentally weak or something but the fact was that the very classmates who I indiscriminately behaved with in school were bringing my morale down. Again it was my academic life that empowered me as these very classmates came to me to guide them for a difficult chapter in a subject which they were finding hard to handle and since I excelled in the subject they asked me to help them. I overcame the hurdle again in my life.

Had I sulked or been frustrated with the two incidents that I just mentioned about then, the only consequence would have been that I would have withdrawn into myself leaving me vulnerable to more hurting attacks from people.

Instead, I empowered myself knowing what I was good at. I didn’t even have to put up an act or something. I just did best what I was efficient in. And, I sailed through!

This is what empowerment is all about. And, it applies to every human irrespective of whether he/she is a student, a professional, a homemaker or a child. Never allow any bad situation to make you feel helpless. Just peek into yourself. I am sure you have something in you that will help you tide over the crisis. Just believe. And, feel empowered!


If you wish to read the previous post you can find it here…

One thought on “Empower Yourself

  1. Glad this post ended on a high note.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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