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  • Be A Seed

    by Hannah Brown | Jan 30, 2017
    <p>In my room, on the wall behind my bed, there are pictures. Tons of pictures of my friends and my family, and of all the amazing places I&rsquo;ve traveled to. On the wall behind my bed, there are also quotes. I geek out over quotes, and I mean that. To me, finding a new quote is like finding treasure, that those words are pure magic. Reading a quote can change my mood from happy to sad, from miserable to ecstatic, from angry and hating the world to believing in love. Quotes have that power to me.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m someone that finds it so incredibly difficult to put my own thoughts into words, and then gets tongue tied when I try to say those words out loud. Sometimes I&rsquo;ll find a quote that just speaks to me, and perfectly sums up my thoughts, feelings, and says everything I want to say.</p> <p>I have so many favorites, in fact, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to quotes. However, one of my favorites has really spoken to me lately. I don&rsquo;t remember when I first read, or heard the quote, but recently I&rsquo;ve been seeing it a lot. Last weekend, I went to DC for the Women&rsquo;s March on Washington, needless to say it was incredible, overwhelming, and just downright awesome. But while marching, I saw a sign out of the corner of my eye. It was a white sign, with blue and green letters, and seeing it just reminded me how important the quote was.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.&rdquo;</p> <p>This quote can be relevant to thousands of different situations. But really, this quote speaks to me because I feel like people have tried to bury me (not literally, obviously). Countless times, I&rsquo;ve felt like someone, or something has tried to shut me down, squash my dreams, and hurt me, and time and time again, I let them. But then I remember these words, and I realize that no matter how many times someone tries to bury me, I have the power to grow, and not let myself,&nbsp; my dreams, my feelings, or my words be buried. I can be a seed.</p> <p>We can all be seeds. There will always be people telling you that you may not be good enough, may not be strong enough, or that you don&rsquo;t matter. Those people will try to bury you. Be a seed. Grow, change, and pick yourself up. Odds are you are good enough and are strong enough, and I know for sure that you matter. Be a seed.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img src="/images/default-source/default-album/49c1d883-556b-40e9-b8b6-2df3839dcf8e.jpg?sfvrsn=be33ba62_0&amp;MaxWidth=600&amp;MaxHeight=&amp;ScaleUp=false&amp;Quality=High&amp;Method=ResizeFitToAreaArguments&amp;Signature=95AF3D18C3903BDD2A028B0C69D9EF58CDB0E8E5" data-displaymode="Custom" alt="Be A Seed" title="Be A Seed" data-method="ResizeFitToAreaArguments" data-customsizemethodproperties="{'MaxWidth':'600','MaxHeight':'','ScaleUp':false,'Quality':'High'}" /><br /> <br /> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/hannahbrownab76d1922d02625b9ff6ff0000763cab.jpg?sfvrsn=7974b362_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="HannahBrown" title="HannahBrown" /><br /> <em>Hannah Brown '18 is from Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is majoring in Peace Studies with a focus on Social Justice. She also works as a Student Ambassador at Manchester.</em></p>