When I failed high school for the second time, I thought my life was over. And when the only job I could get, was hosing out dog shit in the kennels at the local dog’s refuge home, everything I feared was confirmed.
Bad grades = I’m a failure.
No education = I’ll only ever have meaningless and menial jobs.
But something quietly inside of me called that out for what it is.
In time I realised that learning to accept myself as I am, and following my own journey was more important than being traditionally ‘successful’. When you’re only focused on outward rewards, you become a victim to everyone’s idea of what you should be and then the mental health issues that can arise from that.
That is why self-acceptance is such a big part of my Here I am! video course for kids. If we can get kids to begin to develop their own internal validation system and sense of self-worth, it gives them a greater foundation on which to be braver in the world.
And society will be better for it.
Module 1 of Here I am! features 9 inspirational videos about self acceptance, including the popular, ‘even cool kids have to poo’ message.