The Best Day of My Life
This is the third post in a series by former FLVS student Makaila, a model, author, and anti-bullying advocate.
Today will go down as one of the best days of my life.
On this very day, my pride and joy officially comes into the world, which just so happens to be a book, my first book:
Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen Abnormal Life
Below you will find a short snippit on a topic that may have touched you in your life.
I can promise that the rest of the book will have content just like this, so please enjoy a selection from chapter one.
An excerpt from Blatantly Honest:
ON BULLYING: What makes one person superior to another? Nothing. We’re all equal, yet we choose to tear each other apart. I’ve been bullied. I’m not asking for your sympathy, I’m just letting those of you who’ve also been picked on know that I understand. I know how it feels.
“I am glad Makaila doesn’t come to school anymore. Life is better with her gone.”
“Makaila Nichols is the biggest slut. I bet anyone could get it from her.”
“I hope you die alone.” “Who do you think you are?”
These are some of the insults I’ve recorded from social media. Some of them were said by close friends, and others by people I’ve never spoken to. Yet, all of these words formed a false projection of who I am as a person.
Sometimes, the words will get to you. There was a point in time when I thought to do the worst. I thought that maybe the world would be better with me out of the way. Yet the more I thought about it, the more strength it gave me to push on. Cowards quit. Real courage is gained through withstanding difficulties. We all have families who love us whether we realize it or not. After all the abuse and cowardly attacks, I found myself becoming a more forgiving person because people deserve second chances. We’re all human and make mistakes.
Are you interested in a personalized, signed copy of the book?
Please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can just get your copy shipped from Amazon directly here.
I can’t wait for you all to get the opportunity to understand yourself better as well as your fellow teenagers.
Located in Orlando?
Join me on October 8, 2016 from 2-4pm at the Barnes & Noble Book Store at the Florida Mall, where I will be speaking and having a formal signing of the book. I would love to meet all of you there!
Mak Nichols is a model, author, actress, and student advocate on a mission to inspire and support her peers through philanthropic initiatives including the Great American No Bull Challenge and the release of her first book, Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life, available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound. After taking FLVS courses in high school, she is now studying business, entrepreneurship, and writing at the University of Central Florida. Learn more at makailanichols.com.