Shane Koyczan ‘To This Day’

The school yard is one of the hardest things we have to navigate in life. Finding our way, finding ourselves, finding friends, finding knowledge it is all a lot of pressure without having to cope with the name calling, physical bullying and mental stress of ‘fitting in’. While School is one of the hardest times it can also be one of the most rewarding. While people tell you that your dreams won’t come true. While people tease you for being different these times are making you stronger for the future. Nothing about this life is easy. You were’t put here for a Sunday stroll. Our purpose is to be challenged what you do with the challenges is up to you.

You have a choice to prove people wrong. You have the power to be the better person and rise above the days, months weeks and years of torture. While you take those moments with you in every stride be thankful. Be thankful that you are different. Be thankful that you stand out in the crowd. Be proud of the fact that you are your own being. You have a dream. You want to achieve great things. You can achieve great things.

Shane Koyczan is one of the most incredible speakers I have come across in particular his ‘To This Day’ speech is one I think every person who has a bad day should watch. There is a quote from the talk that really stands out to me.

“We grew up learning to cheer for the underdog cause we see ourselfs in the. We stem from a root planted in the belief that we are not what we were called. We are not abandoned cars stalled out and sitting empty on some highway, and if in some way we are don’t worry we only need to walk and get gas. We are graduading members from the class of we made it not but faded echoes of voices crying out names will never hurt me, of course they did, but our lives will only be just but a balancing act, that has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty.”

While it is hard to find the balance in such a busy life you totally can. The names that people have called you. Your loneliest moments. The struggles you’ve endured are all worth it. While sometimes it might not seem that way I encourage you to take charge and grab life by the reigns! You might not have found the balancing act just yet, but you will!

Check out Shane’s talk HERE:

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