Believe it or not, Twitter can occasionally be a place where people find inspiration and support. On September 30, Ashley Ford, writer and host of 112BK posted a tweet asking a very simple question. People all over Twitter began replying and, before long, everyone reading the thread began feeling much prouder of who they were. Her question:
What's something you hated about yourself as a kid or teenager that you now consider a strength?
What's something you hated about yourself as a kid or teenager that you now consider a strength?— Ashley C. Ford (@Ashley C. Ford)1538318422.0
The list was seemingly endless. It seemed anything that made young people different—their bodies, their ancestry, their personality—was a strength people couldn't appreciate back then.
My heritage. I pushed it away for so long and so badly wanted to be named Kyle and have green eyes. My latino herit… https://t.co/I4DmZPSrd4— Joe Rodriguez (@Joe Rodriguez)1538325927.0
My thighs my thighs my thighs!!! I used to hate how big they were but i play rugby now and they make me a stronger… https://t.co/JGyLgjrHBm— mel (@mel)1538331730.0
my name!I was always so anxious when met with substitute teachers' mispronunciations, people's continual misspellin… https://t.co/PVwJflP2ve— Elize Oliverio (@Elize Oliverio)1538365700.0
Now, however, these Twitter users recognize their individuality is a blessing.
My intersecting identities, having been born in Kenya and growing up in Norway. Had a hard time fully identifying w… https://t.co/Mo1RYai3Mm— Cynthia Wamwayi 🌔 (@Cynthia Wamwayi 🌔)1538325395.0
My size. I was a shy insecure nerd in a body meant to be on offensive line. I stood out. I was clumsy and I broke t… https://t.co/KPeM3sZQ40— Ian James Krohn (@Ian James Krohn)1538321887.0
growing up in a family where every member has an anxiety disorder. turns out, all that forging in the fire has made… https://t.co/ite0Oy8q9h— LJ 🖖🏼🖤 (@LJ 🖖🏼🖤)1538323038.0
There's a place for people of all different kinds in our world.
My sensitivity. I wished I was tougher. Now, I think that gives me more empathy to tell other people's stories, and… https://t.co/iHPtZ9PQX1— Sarah Rappaport (@Sarah Rappaport)1538319446.0
My 'nerdyness'/inquisitiveness. A primary school teacher said 'I soak up information like a sponge' but I always go… https://t.co/cCgfiWHlsK— Tay Aziz (@Tay Aziz)1538407426.0
My height. I hated "intimidating people" (read: men). Now I love having power without even trying lol. https://t.co/N8ktMbBwch— Tee Ess (@Tee Ess)1538361644.0
Some shames were purely physical, others were more abstract.
@iSmashFizzle My eyebrows. https://t.co/p4umsAPdlH— Phillip Picardi (@Phillip Picardi)1538322928.0
@iSmashFizzle That our family was poor. I now know how to fix things around the house, stretch a dollar, cook delic… https://t.co/EiKWXDyWLA— Stephanie Daily (@Stephanie Daily)1538319034.0
@iSmashFizzle My skin! I have eczema (not the seasonal kind, but the everlasting one) and I remember being singled-… https://t.co/2RaofPpmMq— Linda Nguyen (@Linda Nguyen)1538320607.0
@iSmashFizzle I’m tall. It made dating and buying pants awful, but now I can reach shit on the top shelf and that’s pretty great.— Katie Stack (@Katie Stack)1538319692.0
This conversation was a much-needed one on Twitter, where toxic behaviors and endless trolling are an all-too-common occurrence. Many young people browse the website on a regular basis and, should they stumble upon this positive thread, they may realize their most shameful attributes are the very things they'll learn to love the most.