All of us falls or makes mistakes, we fail in some way or we are judged harshly and our courage and self esteem suffers. What we need to remember is that we are not defined by the work we do, the charities we are associated with, or how much wealth we accumulate during our lifetime. Often time we find ourselves either invisible or stereotyped. It is frustrating when this happens, no one wants to go through life not being seen or ignored. Neither do we want to be pigeonholed into a stereotype. We are individuals and we have our own dreams, goals and ideals that drive us forward. We are not what we do, we are who we are, and we make ourselves known by how we rise to challenges, and rise above the pitfalls that surround them. How we pick ourselves up when we stumble an fall, and how we handle each new situation with knowledge and grace, so that we can persevere.
Don't ever let anyone tell you, you aren't worthy of anything, that you are not good enough, that you are reaching above your station. Believe me these people don't have your best interests at heart. They are tearing you down and not building you up. These are the types of people who don't take risks, don't take chances and are afraid of change. If they are not holding and building you up they are holding you back. You must understand that their opinion is just that and opinion and everyone has one. Further, their opinion doesn't change the facts of a situation, and it doesn't change the need that you have seen and are trying to address or correct in the world. There is no one better than you, we are all created equal and we all put on our pants the same way every morning. No one can see the situation like you do, and they cannot see the big picture that you see. Stick to your guns and dare to dream your dream, and above all else don't stop reaching. You do deserve the best, you should want better, and those who don't agree let them go.
The secret here is that your dream is yours, you see it and know it, you are passionate about it, and you know you can achieve it. Just because someone doesn't see see it like you doesn't mean the need isn't real and the goal isn't achievable. You are the only one who sees the need and realizes how it can benefit the rest of the world, you need to plant the seed and water it with your love and passion, others will begin to see it and want to help you do something about it.
My point is this: You can keep your head high, you can rise again, you can make it, make a stand and do something about it, because no one else can. You will be judged and remembered for your triumph, victories, and accomplishments, and by whose lives you have touched and enriched in some way. You are who you are, and the world is a much better place just because you are in it. Please always remember that you are irreplaceable. unique and extremely capable. Never accept the limitations others place on you. They don't have the vision you have or understand the situation like you.
Keep your head up, you can do it. No matter what it is. Just put your mind to it and go for it. Remember whatever the mind can conceive and believe you can achieve.
As always, my hopes and dreams are with you,