I Am Who I Am & Stop Belittling Me

Right now I’m in the middle of an edit of my new book and in a bit of a break from reviewing books for publishers. I decided it was time for me to write a post that has nothing to do with books, however. This one will be a more personal.

I don’t know about y’all but I hate it when people belittle me even when they do it unbeknownst to them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that what I do doesn’t count as work because it isn’t physical work. They don’t say it necessarily in those terms but they say it just the same.

My work, whether it’s writing a novel or working in the library, is more mental work and can still take a lot out of a person. But because it’s not physical labor it doesn’t count for as much.

I’ve written a novella and have been working on my novel for close to two years and there are people in my life who don’t realize how much work goes into writing a book. I’ve had people tell me that anyone could write a book. Anyone may be able to write a book but not everyone can make a book’s plot, characters, setting, description, dialogue and everything else that makes up a book work to make a believable story.

I would also consider myself fairly knowledgeable in sports, especially when compared to other women but there are certain people in my life who belittle me in this as well. They tell me that I haven’t watched enough sports to truly get everything that happens. I struggle with being objective in many things and when it comes to my sports teams I am this way. Because I go a little overboard in my subjectivity at times, there are people in my life who would say I don’t know enough about sports.

Maybe I’m just too sensitive but I can’t entirely help it. It’s part of my personality and part of who I am. If I wasn’t sensitive, I would be a completely different person. And I thought being myself was a good thing. Isn’t it? I’m not supposed to try to be someone else and people shouldn’t expect me to be.

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