Words Hurt

by Kenzie Regualos, Editorial

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Words hurt. We can pretend that they don’t. We can pretend that here in Spring Lake, hurtful words do not exist. We can pretend that we do not see another person’s hurt. We can pretend that we do not hear people cutting people down, and we can ignore the feelings of our own hurt in order to hide the impact the words have on us. Until we can’t.

We cannot pretend forever, we cannot ignore forever. Words hurt. They can cut deeper than knives and they sting worse than a whip. We may hide our hurt well, but eventually, something will happen and all of that hurt will show. We hurt. We are not immune to the power words have on us and the pain we feel is real. We hurt. And that is okay.

We should not be ashamed to say that words affect us. We should not be ashamed to feel pain from words. We hurt. We should not be put to shame for sharing that. We have the right to share the words that hurt us, and we should be able to shamelessly proclaim that, “I have been called THIS! And THIS hurts me.” We are hurting. Sharing that hurt with other people can expose a special bonding, where other people can relate to us and share our hurt.

We are hurting. But we do not need to be hurting alone. It is okay to share the words that hurt you and you should not be ashamed to show other people. It is okay to shed light on the hurt you feel and no one should be able to say that you cannot, that you will not share that with the world. Words hurt me. I am not inferior because of that fact. Words hurt me. I am not ashamed of that fact. Words hurt me. I cannot ignore this anymore. I cannot hide this fact any longer, that people have spoken awful, terrible words about me and they hurt. Immigrant, Suck Up, Dramatic Freak, Useless. These are my words. These are my words that hurt me. I am not ashamed. These words hurt me and I will share these with you because they are not true.

I am not an immigrant (the implied meaning behind this word was that I did not belong, that I was not wanted. There is nothing wrong with this word unless it is used in a vulgar manner as it was in my case). I am accepted. I am not a suck up, I am driven. I am not a Dramatic Freak, I have emotions and I care deeply about things. I am not useless, I have a purpose.

Words hurt you. You do not have to ignore this. Words hurt you. You do not have to be ashamed. Ugly, Fat, Tall, Sickly Skinny, Dumb, Slow, Snob, Dirty, Sleezy… These words hurt! And there are so many other words out there. You are none of these. You are beautiful. You are wholly and perfectly you. Words impact us all and even though they have no truth to them they still hurt. It is time to stop ignoring this. It is time to stop pretending. We need to face our words. We need to acknowledge that they are there and that they are real. Words hurt. And that is okay. Do not be ashamed to share your hurt and do not let anyone quiet your voice. Speak out, and share your hurt.

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