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Part of Me

I don’t know exactly what drove me to obtain a Giving Key, but I think it might’ve been the idea of conquering something greater than myself.


I chose the word “FEARLESS”.


I wore it for about a year before giving it away, and at least once a day someone would comment on it or ask what it was. I felt proud in each of those moments to be able to share the story behind “FEARLESS” and about The Giving Keys. I wore it pretty much every day, and on the days I forgot to put it on, someone would notice. The word on the key became a part of who I was.


I had always wondered how I was going to give the key away, who I’d give it to, or if I’d even part with it at all. A close friend of mine had recently been struggling with her friends putting her down and trying to change who she was by putting her character to the test. She stayed incredibly strong, and that very night after hanging up an emotional phone call with her- it couldn’t have been more clear. I didn’t think twice, I just looked at my key and knew that she needed it more than I did in that moment.


So the next day at school, I read her a note I had written about why I was giving her the key, what it meant to me, and how it changed me. It was such a cool and special moment, and knowing that I did something to help my friend embrace everything about herself was an amazing feeling.


She still has her key, she wears it always, and I hope she embraces “FEARLESS” as much as I did. I can’t wait to see who has it next. For now, I’m on to finding another word, another challenge for myself, and I couldn’t be more excited.


-Shelby

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