The reason I am so supportive towards others is because I know exactly how it feels like to have essentially nobody in your corner. I was bullied and tormented in high school, and I lost all of my friends. I remember walking the halls with tears in my eyes because I felt so lost. I had nobody to turn to, most of my teachers targeted me, and I slowly grew dead inside. In turn, my body became a reflection of this feeling.. and it hit me the day that I wasn't even 100lbs on the scale during gym class weigh ins. I was spiraling downward pretty quickly and even my family felt hopeless.
But one day at school, when word got out that I had made the decision to graduate a semester early and get away from all the negativity, one of my instructors pulled me aside. With genuine concern, he asked me, "Are you okay?" And I remember feeling so much love. Feeling like I actually mattered. I lied, and said that I was going to be just fine, and as I walked out of the room he goes, "Ash? Just remember that this is YOUR life and you are in control. Just do whatever you gotta do to be happy." And that stuck with me. A fire lit within me and it kick started a new journey to finding "me" again.
Now, years later, I actually see him some mornings when I go back home.. and it reminds me of how much of an impact you can have on someone by simply showing compassion and support. If you ever find someone struggling, someone hurting, someone who feels alone, and you can help, I hope you can find it within you to do the right thing. It could change their life ❤