Check out this classic Sesame Street episode from the 1970’s. I watched it with my daughter last week.
I am the person I know myself to be, no matter what anyone else thinks or says.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘This Is My Story,’ 1937
Other people may try to define me negatively; they may call me names, or put me down, or say that I’m not good enough for this or that… but I know who I am. I believe in myself and in my abilities, even though others may not.
I trust the path that I am on. I trust my guidance from Allah and my connection to Allah.
I trust in my decision making capacity, which has been molded in the burning crucible of 45 years of happiness, suffering, grief, love and loss. Whatever little bit of wisdom I have, I have paid for dearly.
So I know who I am. And no matter what anyone may say about me, I’m still me, Alhamdulillah.
And so too, dear reader, you are still you. You are the unique, gifted, miraculous being that Allah created. Believe it.