As I thought about that, I sort of began to realize that I wasn't angry over the words that were said. I was angry over the way they were said. I was angry because the person made me feel small. They made me feel like they thought I was stupid. They made me feel like less than I am. Like I don't know what I want, or what's good for me.
I couldn't do anything about the other person. But, I could do something about me.
Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with the saying,
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."If you don't let someone else's words matter to you, they lose their power over you. They lose their ability to control how you feel, how you see yourself.
So, I took a breath (after I vented at everyone I knew). I thought about all the things that I knew to be true. And I remembered who I was.
Suddenly, I didn't feel small anymore. I didn't feel less-than. I felt like me... in all the beautiful ways I get to be me.
And it was good.