Accepting others for who they are

By: Annie Blakeley - Contributing columnist

The hardest thing to remember is that everyone is a person. They are there own person and they feel the same way you and I do.

It’s so easy to see people only for their actions. But glorifying them for what they have done is nothing more than a disservice.

It is a disservice to place someone in a position farther away from being your friend. Above all else, they too want to be loved — just like you and I.

We all have the same goal. No matter how much pain someone puts you through or how much you admire them, we are all only people. We all make mistakes and we all want to be loved.

Your insecurities about yourself likely hurt those around you and, as easy as it is to ignore it, it’s not what you truly want.

I believe that if you hold by this logic, forgiveness, friendship and understanding will all begin to make more and more sense.

I don’t require people to love every single thing about me. I know I get annoying. I just expect to be accepted in all aspects, without others pushing their expectations on me. I want to be accepted even for the things I don’t like about myself.

Annie Blakeley is a sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, is a band and chorus student and a member of First United Methodist Church in Hamlet.

Annie Blakeley

Contributing columnist