Prove Yourself and Show Them All Up

Listen, and forget, for happiness

by Lyssa Myska Allen, who knew how to be happy in third grade

This is my third-grade report card. The notes are from my all-time favorite teacher, who I once dressed as for Halloween, I idolozed her so much. She writes: “She does need to put more effort into her writing.

Little did she (or I) know that I’d grow up to be a writer. Had I been discouraged by her comments, my life could look completely different than it does now. I don’t even remember this, though. Listen to feedback, take what you need, leave the rest.

Prove to yourself who you are, and it’ll end up showing them all up.

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