Be Titanium

Every person has this: a person or a set of people in their lives that enjoy criticizing and making fun of others. Sometimes they’re family; sometimes they’re people you have to deal with on a day to day basis. Most of the time these are people who just enjoy pointing out how you do not conform to their standard of what is normal or acceptable. It is one thing to give constructive criticism but it’s another to simply say things to put a person down.

For some, these people are considered bullies. For others, they are just people who don’t know better. Still, they are people who can say things that can be hurtful and it’s never easy to have to deal with people like that on a regular basis.

I'm criticized but all your bullets ricochet
You shoot me down, but I get up

The thing we have to remember is that when people shoot us down, there’s no other way to go but up. A lot of people will shoot us down to put us down. We can choose to just drown in self-pity or pick ourselves back up, overcome the criticism and become a stronger person for it.

Raise your voice, sticks and stones may break my bones…
Cut me down
But it's you who'll have further to fall

I used to let people like that bother me. But as I got older I’ve learned that people who do these things usually aren’t aware that they are being hurtful or more often than not do not understand the impact that their words have on others. I’ve learned that their words do not reflect on me but more on them. As long as I am being true to myself and believe that I am not doing anything wrong, I should not let them bother me. Their words do not define me, but it defines them.

You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium

We need to remember to be titanium – to not let people put us down. We should use these people to make us stronger. Let’s just roll with the punches and come out better for it. We cannot please everyone and even if we try, it would be a complete waste of our lives to not be true to ourselves. It’s a new year everyone, let’s live it the best way possible.

Bring it on 2013, bring it on.

I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away

*Quoted lines are from the lyrics of the song Titanium by David Guetta

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