This is just a powerful reminder for you to never allow anyone to belittle you and undermine your gift. I’ve got a little story to share with you.
A college professor told one of her students to meet her in the office. The student arrived there wondering what was going on.
The professor began by saying, “I need to talk to you about your assignment.”
“Um, yeah what about it?”
“Well, I couldn’t help but notice that your writing just seems a bit off. It kinda sounds like it’s been written in a different era, and I just can’t believe you wrote this. It just doesn’t look like you did it.”
“So you don’t think I wrote that? Well guess what, I did. It passed the plagiarism checker, right?”
“Yes it did. I can’t believe it.”
“Well, you can’t say it’s plagiarized because I know I wrote every single word on that paper. I put my all into this because I’m actually a writer. I do this thing outside of class, so I don’t need to copy anyone. OK, so what’s the problem?”
“Well, I see you used some advanced vocabulary here, and it just doesn’t seem like you know what these words even mean.”
“What is that supposed to mean? Why would I use words that I don’t know, and why are you assuming that I don’t know them? Am I using them correctly in its proper context?”
“Well yes, but you don’t need to use such sophisticated vocabulary. Like I said, it just really doesn’t look like you wrote this. I don’t understand why you have to do all that when you could just express yourself with simpler terms.”
“Maybe I don’t wanna be simple. Why do you have a problem with my vocabulary if I’m using it correctly? I mean this is a college paper, right? I would’ve expected nothing but the best work, so why do you want me to dumb myself down for?”
She released a fake smile and said, “There’s just no need for all that. This is just too descriptive and detailed.”
“What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that a good thing?”
“Um, I mean yes, but you’re a little too descriptive to the point where I feel like I’m reading a manifesto and it’s a bit poetic, and that’s just not necessary.”
“I don’t understand how that’s a problem. All of that sounds great.”
“Can I tell you something?”
“Oh, I don’t know if I should tell you.”
“You might not like it.”
“Just tell me what is it?”
“I couldn’t help but notice that you have two last names, and one of them is Portuguese. I don’t think you wanna know the meaning of it.”
“Go ahead tell me,” in her mind she already knew what it meant, but she was waiting on her to stop beating around the bush and just say it.
“I don’t mean to offend you or anything, but your last name means slum in Portuguese. You know in Brazil they call the slums the favelas, and your last name is Favela,” she chuckled.
“Oh yeah, I know. I heard of that, yeah,” she nodded confidently because she wasn’t fazed because she already figured out what her intention was.
“Yeah, I’m sorry I just thought I should let you know that,” she released another fake smile yet again.
“Thank you for letting me know that, so you can see how far I came… I’m sorry, but what does this have to do with my writing?”
“Oh nothing, I just… you know… wanted to tell you that.”
The student realized that this conversation was going nowhere but filling her up with bad vibes that failed to penetrate her mind. The student replied, “So is that it, huh? Are we done here? ‘Cause I got somewhere to be.”
“Yeah. Yeah,” she released another awkward smile because she realized that she failed to dim my light.
Oh yeah, you already know.
HERE’S SOME ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU
There will be people who will try to make you feel bad about being great at what you do. They’ll make you feel like you have no business being a creatively gifted “over-achiever,” and having a greater purpose. They will make snide remarks or be passive-aggressive, so they can discourage you in a subtle way. There’s a huge difference between actual constructive criticism and trying to dim someone’s light.
Who would’ve thought that being “too descriptive and detailed” was a bad thing in writing? I mean I thought that was the whole point! Why would you not want your writing to be descriptive? How else could you conjure up vivid imagery in the reader’s mind? Ha! It wasn’t a coincidence that other professors absolutely love reading my written reports, and they made sure to let me know that, and I appreciate real people who inspire and encourage others. No hater juice.
On the other hand, there will always be those people who get jealous and butthurt when they see you have raw talent and you’re doing exceptionally well at something they supposedly studied and got a piece of paper for, but they haven’t reached the level that you’re at. In their minds, they cannot allow you to know your worth because some people don’t want you to shine. If you’re gifted at the age of 18, you can only imagine how you’ll be in the next 10 years. Your haters know this before you do, so they want to put a stop to it by putting you down. They do this because you are creative, innovative, and remarkable, and they don’t like that because it crushes their little fragile ego.
Well, I’ll be damned!
It’s our fault for being gifted. If only they knew how we got it. Our passions tend to come from a place of pain. I was in a dark place when I first discovered my gift of writing. It was the one thing that soothed me from my negative thoughts. Writing helped me stay alive by giving me a sense of purpose, and I intend to inspire others with these words. Oh, “God forbid” that you find something you’re so passionate about that it makes you not want to commit suicide or drink yourself to death.
How dare we find our purpose and use the negativity that’s been thrown at us to fuel our drive to spread the light?
What the hell is wrong with us, huh?
Also, some people will judge you based on your socioeconomic background, or if English wasn’t your first language. English was my second language too, but I never let anyone discourage me from expanding my literary skills. You better use that as leverage to show the world how great you can be despite having to go against the odds. Don’t allow the faulty perceptions they have of you to become you. You control your reality by making things happen. Be powered by the pain of your past and the economically desolate place you came from, and prove everyone wrong.
DON’T EVER LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL UNWORTHY OF YOUR OWN GIFT.
YOU WERE BORN WITH A GIFT, YOU’VE BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY AT IT, AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU.
NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY WHAT GOD GAVE YOU, REMEMBER THAT.
You may come from the rock bottom, but that’s actually an advantage you have because it gave you passion, something that many lack. Being a “have-not” made you that much hungrier than the other competitors who thought they were better than you. Let them think they’re superior because you will remain humble, focused, and diligent in your path while they allow their arrogance to make them stumble. They have another thing coming when they see you sprinting passed them and quickly get to the finish line. Now, your enemies are forced to watch you win after all the shit they’ve been saying about you. Your success will force them to shut their mouths, so don’t worry about what they’re up to. It’s up to you to put in the work to grow exponentially. Those who really got love for you will want to see you win.
People will try to make you feel inferior for being excellent. That’s exactly true! Let me repeat that.
PEOPLE WILL TRY TO MAKE YOU FEEL INFERIOR FOR BEING EXCELLENT.
Keep being excellent, and never let anyone dim your light.