I found this wonderful piece of art by raye_minamino on twitter. I asked her if we could share it on the blog (we are going to add it to the Duck Yard as well).
“People are going to tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say ‘No, this is who I am’. You want people to look at you differently? Make them! You want to change things, you’re going to have to go out there and change them yourself… because there are no fairy godmothers in this world.”
I really like how empowering this quote is. It really forces people to take ownership for their choices and lives. There is no magical solution to our problems here; a fairy godmother isn’t going to appear with a poof and give us a new dress to go to the ball.
Now, we’re all Cinderella fans here, don’t get us wrong. When we interviewed Robyn Hussa, the amazing CEO and Founder of Mental Fitness Inc (the charity we support here at UDI), she pointed out that the story is significant because it shows “the hope of somebody in one of those situations actually having an option and a way out” (check out her full answer here).
But if we want to go to the ball, we likely need to motivate ourselves to get there. There will be people helping us along the way (some of them might even seem as magical as fairy godmothers), but we need to remember that the choice to change our lives is our own, and only ours.
What do you want to punch back on in your life? What do you want to change about your life? Let us know below!