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Let it be True, You're Bright

You’re so bright.

That’s so lovely and pleasing to the ears! It shakes and wakes the confidence sleeping in a long weary night of doubt, confusion, and fear.

But that is not what it actually means. This goes beyond the sincere acknowledgment of one’s academic inclination or of one’s co-curricular achievement. Sadly, it is a deliberate expression of uttered sarcasm. The purpose is to put someone to shame because of their special ability which is not normally found among all students. One major reason why many students do this is insecurity. They think that intelligent folks are hungry of praises and die-hard chasers of the spotlight in the same stage where they are all performers.

You’re so bright. Thank you for saving the last boat for yourself and for leaving us behind in this dark cage of emptiness. Truly, these students think that performers are self-centered and are driven by their personal aspirations who do not care for the common good.

But behind these hurting and degrading remarks are the drowning hearts of the students who wish nothing but bring out the best in them. The work of excellence that envelops their heart is nothing but an offering to the hardships of their parents who are working day and night for their children’s future. It is not a selfish collection of applauses but a selfless work of love and gratitude for the efforts fueling the engines of their hearts. While they seem to be so composed amidst the bullets of your words, their confidence and courage are being pounded into pieces.

You are happy as you make fun and judge them of something they never mean to do. You are mad that they almost do everything in behalf of others but you are actually mad at yourself for not doing the best of what you can. It’s not them, it’s you.

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You’re so bright. That’s right, you are. But let it be true this time.

© 2020 Jimmy Bio Jr


Jimmy Bio Jr (author) from Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines on May 07, 2020:

Hello, Ms Marcy. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Nowadays, students are in a storm and stress because of the many judgments they receive from peers and strangers.

Marcy Bialeschki from Cerro Gordo, IL on May 07, 2020:

Jimmy, keep striving for excellence. I have been a teacher for 32 years and I find it so discouraging that students are embarrassed to be smart. What?? I keep telling students, in 10 years you will be fast-tracking your career and the ones who made fun of you will still be belittling others and going nowhere. Stay strong...stay smart!! Nice article.

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