I’m part of a writing group called ‘Mirakee’ and every day, a challenge is set or a prompt is given. Today’s challenge was to write a thank you letter to a person or object and I decided to write a thank you letter to a handful of negative people I’ve encountered in my life thus far.
Thank you for not wanting me because even though it took a while, it taught me the value of my own sense of self worth. You don’t want me, but I want me. Others want me, and I want to thank you for making me realise that. Your treatment of me was like a beacon of light that illuminated the truth that I had been blind to. I am worth something.
Thank you for cheating on me. It hurt at the time and, dramatic as it might sound, I wondered if I’d be better off dead…but thank you, nonetheless. I comfort ate in the wake of your betrayal and filled out the bag of bones I’d become in my late teens. You hurt me, but I’d never felt more beautiful in the months that followed.
Thank you for telling me that I was nothing special. I believed it at the time and for many years following that single statement sneered with contempt. Now, though, I see just how wrong you were. People enjoy my stories and poems. I connect with people. I make a difference and I enjoy the music, art, videos, stories and poems of my friends’, every single piece of which makes a difference. We are all something special and you made me strive to want to be something, to show you just how wrong you are.
Thank you for not giving me a job in your fancy London publishing house. You derailed my plans and dented my confidence, sure…but you gave me the time to pursue my own writing and through that, I have met some incredible people and a certain someone who I want to spend the rest of my life with. Thank you deciding I wasn’t quite what your company was looking for. That decision changed my life for the good.
Thank you for the hurt. Thank you for the hate. Thank you for the rejection.
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