This girl must be in such a shame spiral right now. Not only did she fall into a fountain in a giant public area, but the mall employees took the time to upload the security footage along with their mocking commentary to YouTube. She was probably going to the mall to buy a dress from Forever 21 and maybe eat a corn dog from Hot Dog On A Stick. Perhaps she was frazzled and texting her crush, “What R U doing?! I’m at da mall. Meet me?” when she fell into the dreaded fountain. Who knows? Now she’s the laughingstock of the Internet. One day you’re textin’ and fallin’ and the next, some 24-year old writer in New York City is blogging about your misfortune in his pajamas. He looks out his window and realizes it looks cold outside. He hopes to finish this post before 10:00 a.m. but he’s just not sure. He’s just not sure about anything anymore!
Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.
“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino
Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.