In the most recent years of my life, I’ve discovered that the phrase “I’m proud of you,” holds immense power. Although it is dominantly identified with a parent to a child, it’s something that can be used in any relationship with another being.
When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?
I feel like with time, it has become a forced phrase, at least from my perspective. It feels like parents only say it because they’ve been told it’s something you should say. It’s disheartening to me that these words are so well known but so scarcely spoken with genuine meaning.
One of my favorite quotes I’ve stumbled upon reads, “so far you have survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great!” I like how clever of a quote this is because, yes, if you are able to read that quote or even look at it, you have survived the worst days of your life.
I am so proud of you for that.
I’m no stranger to forcing yourself out of bed on days where the covers feel more inviting than what the day may hold ahead. But on the days when you manage to get up when everything seems against you, that is when I’m most proud of you.
Your persistence and resilience are admirable and I’m so proud of you for not giving up.
We can bring the meaning back to this phrase. If you feel a sense of thankfulness come from knowing someone is proud of you, or even if you can understand why someone might feel better being told that you are proud of them, try to spread the love. I believe small acts like these are what can and will change our world to that of love and peace.