During our adolescent years many of us fall victim to the misconception that popularity was given to those who negatively brought down others and spreading hate. I definitely blame media, (i.e. Mean Girls) because for as long as I remember this stereotype has existed. Then we all grow up and enter the realms of being an adult and we find out that being “mean” actually leads you to bite off more than you chew.
I’m sure many of you have familiarized yourself with that one coworker who can’t seem to keep drama out of the workplace or even that one mom in your social circle that seems to still believe she’s in high school. The truth of the matter is that as sad as it is, chances are there are many of them that you still have yet to meet as you continue through your twenties, thirties, and even in your senior years! Bullying is actually quite prominent among the elderly and you will never escape cliques and drama. Since we can’t avoid, the best way is to learn to navigate through these bouts of turbulence.
“You may be pretty, and you may be talented, but nobody will remember that if you’re mean.” These wise words are spoken by Katie Holmes’ mother and that I happened to come across while reading this month’s Allure magazine (loving this month’s anti-aging special by the way). Who speaks better advice than mothers! After all, they’ve been through it all and mothers are definitely an overlooked resource. So even though society has engrained us to think otherwise; sometimes it’s better to turn the other cheek, get slapped, and go about our way (figuratively speaking of course). Better to lose a battle here and there and focus our energy on winning the war instead.