How to remove the power of others. Accept their words and don’t care.

3rd grade. Called a Nerd, Fag, etc. Hurt. Everyday I repeated the sticks ‘n stones phrase on my walk home from school. I knew it was a lie even at 7 yrs old but it helped.
By 4th grade, I realized it wasn’t “everybody” but only two people who were saying those things to me. Next time they tried, I said, “Yes, I’m a nerd.” and went back to what I was doing. Their power? Gone.

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