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Lynn Sanders – My Journey and First Big Lesson

January 18, 2016

My journey is one of learning to value myself.

life journeyGrowing up in a loving Jewish home on Chicago’s south side, my passion was the arts – especially writing poems and playing piano. As the oldest of four children with busy parents, I sought attention and approval through sharing my work or performing. But for some reason, I never felt “good enough.”

No matter if I made it to the National Honor Society, got a 1st place trophy for Original Oration, or served as the News and Feature Editor on my school newspaper, I kept searching for outside validation. When would I ever be enough?

My First Big Lesson

That yearning for approval was intensified when we moved from Chicago to the suburb of Highland Park. Suddenly, I faced cliques. I got bullied. It got intense after I spoke out to a group of snooty girls. That afternoon, a bunch of them beat me up by the school lockers. I was in a state of shock, and didn’t know how I could go back to school the next day.

Luckily, my mom was ready to do whatever it took. She talked to the principal, and the situation got calmer. I eventually even found a friend who saved the year for me.

That experience taught me an important lesson: Be careful what words you choose. Especially when you’re angry. Angry words have repercussions.

Life moved along, and as it will, and other challenges happened on my path. In retrospect, I know that by looking at challenges as opportunities, I’ve been able to get stronger. I like to believe – what if there is a higher reason for challenges? What am I supposed to learn? How do I move forward?

No one says it’s easy. But I believe there is always a rainbow after the rain.

Next part of Lynn’s story….

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