Who knew that when Maya was writing these words she would be describing the courageous Pakistani woman, Mukhtar Mai, whom albeit being powerless and an illiterate, brought hope to the fight against women violence in Pakistan.
Within these sentences,
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it”
Don’t let a single mistake (either yours or of others) shape your life negatively. No matter how hard it might be at the time (and BTW, it gets easier), learn to move past it. Your strength will be measured by how you deal with these situations.
You can allow the experience to change you (make you stronger, more compassionate, more courageous), but do not let it consume you with unnecessary darkness (hatred, anger).
I tell you, there are people out there who set out to belittle you or mess with your head. But they don’t have the power unless you give it to them. You control your destiny, so the moment you hand the reigns to someone else, you give them the power to determine the course of your life.
We don’t want that now, do we?
So gear up, I am telling you today, no matter how great the storm is, or how disastrous, so long as you keep looking and believing, there will always, always, be a rainbow around the corner.
People like Mai, who embody finding strength when life deals you with unfortunate circumstance teach us that although in the moment we may feel like giving up, and we feel helpless, there will come a day when things get better.