And why did I use “stolen lives” as my opening theme? There is something, an epidemic one might choose to describe it, and it’s being done to perhaps to a lot of people around the world, and it’s being done to them against their will. That is forced guardianship, and the emotional toll that it has on that individual that is made to feel as though that individual has no feelings at all in the matter concerning how they feel about it because they are never asked their opinion on whether or not they are ok about it.
Guardianship itself is a very big deal: on one hand, when used correctly, I believe that it can be a good thing when both and all who are involved are in agreement and when there is respect. But guardianship can also be a bad thing and what I mean by that is, guardianship, when used for the wrong reasons and when guardianship is unnecessary, can be devastating to that individual who feels violated. As I mentioned before, it makes that individual feel as though their feelings do not matter at all, and they start feeling resentment and they start to feel like they are not a person with the same rights as others, and they just start thinking negatively about themselves and that’s when their self-esteem and their self-worth starts to diminish.
All the while, they try and try to prove themselves to the rest of the world and always having a “yes I can” attitude. In other words, they want to show the people around them that they believe in themselves even when and if no one else does. But that in itself can make a person start to feel bad about themselves, because when we are born and start on life’s journey as we get older, we start envisioning what we would like to become, like that old saying what would you like to be when you grow up? Then that little girl and little boy shares with you what they would like to be when they grow up and we are told to never give up on our dreams, but sometimes people that you know and when people that you’ve never known all of a sudden try to snatch your hopes and dreams away from you and sends you a silent message that makes you feel that saying applies to everyone but you.
Then it happens: your self-esteem, little by little, starts to diminish and you start to feel like you are unworthy. That’s what forced guardianship does to an individual when it’s against that person’s will but there is and can be hope, number one. Never accept the negative lies that people tell you and the silent negative messages. Number two: always, always believe in yourself and believe in your abilities, even when no one else does. Third, speak out against injustice and demand change, not just for yourself but stand up for the rights of others, even if it means standing alone. Thank you.