“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
I’ve heard this quotation in books, on TV shows, in interviews, in school, and of course, from my parents. But, I could never figure out what the words really meant. GirlMoguls, I needed some help here. I enlisted the help of my English teacher, Ms. Anderson. One day after class, I went up to her and asked her all about Eleanor Roosevelt, and what this quotation meant. We had a great conversation that I’ve been waiting to share with you!
Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady starting in 1933. She was the wife of Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and supported his policies actively. I decided to do a biography post on Eleanor Roosevelt, so to learn more about her, read her bio here.
The quotation above is so powerful, and means a lot to me a girl growing up in schools today. Often, I find myself getting frustrated at the politics of school. Kids can be really mean sometimes, you know? I feel bad talking about other people, but I don’t know how to not to do it and still hang out with my friends. The people who talk most about others are almost always the most popular in the group. It makes me feel uncomfortable, because I know people must talk about me too, since they do it about everyone else. Roosevelt’s words, though, were really inspiring to me after I discussed them with Ms. Anderson. She explained to me that even adults talk about each other in way that aren’t nice, just like kids. They do this in order to feel better about themselves. However, people can say things about you, but not make you feel bad. I didn’t get it! Isn’t it always hurtful to hear mean remarks about yourself? Eleanor Roosevelt made the point that although people talk, their words will not and cannot affect you unless you let their words affect you. This is when the light bulb went off in my head. Unless I let gossip get to me, it won’t make me feel bad because I won’t let it. I will not give my consent to these people and allow their hateful words to make me feel down. Don’t give anyone your consent to make you feel inferior! Remember the inspiring words of Eleanor Roosevelt, and don’t let anything get you down. I’m trying to do that too!