I choose to use the negativity as fuel for my fire. I take my resentments towards others and channel it into productivity. When people doubt me or try to discredit my work, I prove them wrong by doing even better.

In life there will always be things that knock us down. Whether it be at work, at home, or in our relationships, things will happen that knock the breath out of us, and not in a good way.

I've always been of the opinion that life is not about what happens to us, but rather how we deal with it. Everyone faces their own challenges, and we all react differently. I believe that how we respond says a lot more about us.

I recently made the mistake of reading the comments on Facebook that were posted to a video I made while covering breaking news. The live video featured me giving an update of a shooting that occurred last week right across the street from my office. While the response was overwhelmingly positive with people thanking me for the information, there were those who had nasty things to say about it. I was shocked and hurt as I read the comments about my appearance (that I was underdressed and "not classy") and about my age ("No one is taking you seriously, what are you 23?").

Part of me wanted to respond immediately, touting my experience and defending my attire on a day when I had not planned to leave the office. I also wanted to point out that I am not 23, although that seems far from the point. I even wanted to tell these rude people to keep their negativity to themselves and recommend that they put their comments somewhere the sun does not shine.

But I didn't.

I find it incredibly disheartening that some people push their negativity and pessimism onto others. It seems a sad way to live, to wake up every day resentful and discontent. It seems like there are those who just want to see others suffer as they have and that will stop at nothing to spread hate. Some seek to take out their own frustrations on others and blame others for their problems.

But I have come to realize that we have absolutely zero control over the thoughts and actions of others. Nothing I can say would change someone's mind or make them act any differently, nothing at all. The only thing that we do have control over is ourselves.

It's all in how we react to what happens to us. When life hands us lemons (or mean people on the internet), we have a choice in how we respond. We can either go in for the attack, choose not to respond at all, or lose our minds over it. We can dwell on the negativity of others, or we can ignore it. We can harbor resentments to those who we feel have wronged us, or we can rise above it.

I choose to use the negativity as fuel for my fire. I take my resentments towards others and channel it into productivity. When people doubt me or try to discredit my work, I prove them wrong by doing even better.

Trust me, there's been plenty of times that I have been tempted to stoop to their level. But that would be the easy way out, and if I did, they would win. Misery loves company, and there are plenty of people who do everything in their power to bring others down. I refuse to allow it.

I will not allow outside influences to detract from everything that I have going for me. I work hard in everything that I do. From my career to my personal life, I take steps to better myself every single day. I don't bother with what other people have to say about it because I believe that my work speaks for itself.

We can't please everyone, so there's no sense in trying. Accepting that there will always be people who have nasty things to say is the only way to ensure that it doesn't bring you down. Channeling that negativity into something positive is likewise the only way to win against them.

So when people hate on the way I look or the way I cover something, I don't let it bother me (for long). Emotions can be hard to control, and of course there's a knee-jerk reaction to having your feelings hurt. Accept the anger and sadness as it comes and then let it go.

I'm learning to get over things more quickly. As someone who struggles with anxiety, overthinking can often get the best of me. Believe me when I say I know how hard it can be to let things go. But as difficult as it can be, it is equally rewarding.

Whatever lemons life is throwing your way, just make sure that somehow they become lemonade, or better yet limoncello.

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