This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.
This week, a bunch of people had a really nice conversation about change, self-acceptance, and personal growth. On Twitter. (Yes, that is possible.)
It all started when writer and 112BK host Ashley Ford posed a question to her followers on Sunday. “What’s something you hated about yourself as a kid or teenager that you now consider a strength?” she asked.
What’s something you hated about yourself as a kid or teenager that you now consider a strength?
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) September 30, 2018
The answers flooded in almost immediately. People talked about their issues with body image, personality traits that made them feel “weird” in middle school, their heritage, their hair – things that used to make them feel bad, but that they now embrace as a vital part of their identities.
A few individuals even mentioned their names, which used cause them stress because other people found them hard to spell.
“[I] heavily resented something that was intrinsically mine for so long & felt like it was my fault no one could get it right,” one user, Elize Oliverio, tweeted. “Now I wear it like a badge of honor.”
my name!I was always so anxious when met with substitute teachers’ mispronunciations, people’s continual misspellings. Heavily resented something that was intrinsically mine for so long& felt like it was my fault no one could ever get it right- now I wear it like a badge of honor https://t.co/4rvqIrUN8V
— Elize Oliverio (@elizenotelise) October 1, 2018
it’s not the first time this sort of conversation has happened on Twitter. Believe it or not, the platform can be a powerful source of encouragement and support, particularly for women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color.
But this particular conversation was notable for its directness. Once the responses were gathered into a Twitter Moment, all the participants’ stories were on a single page. For readers – particularly the millions of teens on Twitter – who might be struggling with their own self-worth, the effect is potentially very powerful. They’ll see a group of people, speaking with clarity, for whom life got better.
My intersecting identities, having been born in Kenya and growing up in Norway. Had a hard time fully identifying with just one of those countries. As an adult the ability to seamlessly go from one to another, with the accompanying cultural competencies has been a huge advantage. https://t.co/ktVfuagC3N
— Cynthia Wamwayi 🌔 (@CynthiaWamwayi) September 30, 2018
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