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Do more than survive

Those who respect your victim-hood do so because it makes them feel better about themselves.

They either feel more accomplished, or they find comfort in the familiarity of your struggle.

Sometimes it gives them purpose in their need to uplift others so that their lives feel more fulfilled.

Whether their intentions are good or not is not what’s important. The important point is that neither prompts you to rise above being a victim.

Those who support you in your moments of weakness or need but also encourage you to rise above it are the ones to cherish.

Before you take offence to what I’m saying, you need to realise that you’re only a victim when you allow the oppression of others to define your self worth, and to dictate your effort towards establishing a life worth living.

The moment you own your life and rise above the impact of that oppression, you’re no longer a victim, you’re a fighter! Not a survivor!

As long as you focus on surviving, you’re still defined by the moment of your oppression, even though you may have freed yourself from it.

Be more than the struggles of your life. It’s possible, and beautifully rewarding.

Photo credit : Naadirah Ismail

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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