No One Can Crush You

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There’s some major construction happening outside my window at work. Heavy machinery is fascinating. You know what else is fascinating? The ways we make ourselves small. The ways we fall apart. The ways we crumble.

One of my friends recently told me that they were afraid that someone on a dating website would crush them.

Then, another friend told me that they had a meeting with their scary boss and it crushed them.

These people are incredible. They are amazing. In both instances, I was like:

CRUSH YOU? YOU???

WHO IS GOING TO CRUSH YOU??? WHO?

The thing is, you can’t crush someone unless you are operating some very heavy machinery and squish them into a pulp with large metal vices. And let’s face it, we are all way too smart and nimble to get caught up in a big metal machine.

NO ONE CAN CRUSH YOU.

Now, Georgi, you say, it’s a metaphor.

Yeah, I say, I kind of teach this stuff at a high level. LISTEN TO YOURSELF!!!

hand-1701952_960_720You’re saying someone could CRUSH YOU.

This is violent.

This is dramatic.

This is NOT TRUE.

NO ONE CAN CRUSH YOU.

Good old Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Let’s substitute “make you feel inferior” with “crush.”

And then, let’s stop consenting.

SAY NO. NO. NO ONE CAN CRUSH YOU.

One of my favorite dance jams is Meghan Trainor’s “NO.” It’s awesome. I love it. I own it. I hear it in my head off and on during the day. Here’s my favorite part:

“I’m feeling

Untouchable, untouchable

I’m feeling

Untouchable, untouchable

I’m feeling

Untouchable, untouchable

I’m feeling

(Nah to the ah to the, no, no, no)”

Beautiful, gorgeous, strong, smart, courageous reader: YOU CAN NOT BE CRUSHED. Sometimes, you will lay on your bed and cry your eyes out. Sometimes, you will go home from a meeting and eat all the chocolate in the house. Sometimes, you will call your best friends and say the most insecure craziest random ass shit you have ever said to someone and you will lose your cool but YOU CAN NOT BE CRUSHED.

You will get over it.

You will overcome it.

You will breathe through it.

You will lean on your friends.

You will grow stronger and wiser and more compassionate.

But NEVER, EVER, EVER, will you be crushed. DO NOT CONSENT.

UNCRUSHABLE. UNCRUSHABLE. UN. CRUSH. ABLE.

NO ONE CAN CRUSH YOU.

Now, boo, remember to stay away from suspicious heavy machinery operators.

Loving you out there.

Bumping your fist.

XO

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