Like many people, I struggled a lot in school.. for a number of reasons. Mostly, I just wasn't sure how to fit in. I had a hard life at home, and school wasn't much easier. I had a few good friends, but the truth is that most of the messages I got about myself weren't positive. And so, I didn't think very highly of myself back then.
I remember the first person who inspired some new thoughts.. the first time I began to believe in something different. In Grade 10, I had a really amazing french teacher (J.H. Bruns - Madame Pelletier). She saw something in me that nobody else had seen before. She saw my heart and my determination.. and she believed in me. I remember this one particular day, she pulled me aside for a talk.
She said: "Do you know that you could be the Prime Minister one day?" I remember laughing.. telling her I don't want to be the Prime Minister. She looked at me, and more seriously said - "yes, but you could be." She told me "I believe in you" and made sure I truly heard her when she said "you can do anything you put your mind to."
I have never forgotten those words. Nor the impact of her belief in me... how much one voice can inspire another. How one person reaching out can change the course of someone's life. It's that simple sometimes. Spread love.