Powerful message from own challenges

ROBYN MOORE is at peace with her stepfather who battled with alcoholism and abused her and her family.
Nanjing Night Net

She has accepted her mother marrying three times and her father twice.

She will not let breast cancer dampen her spirits.

And she has forgiven all the other people along the “rollercoaster called your life” who didn’t see her worth.

The reason why is simple.

“It’s OK to not be OK, through experiencing tough times like grief, abandonment and despair, we learn appreciation,” she said.

“What you hear here is a voice of forgiveness and understanding.

“This is the voice of a leader, not a victim.”

The former voice of Blinky Bill and current professional speaker inspired participants of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards yesterday.

There are 33 young leaders attending the week-long conference held at Ulverstone’s Camp Clayton, which is focused on providing lifetime leadership skills.

“When I work with disadvantaged children I talk in the third person about my story and then I say but this girl speaks around the world now, she has a life she loves and she wouldn’t change anything,” Ms Moore said.

“Then I tell them she is standing right in front of them.”

The key to happiness in life was not to find a way to make it perfect, but to find the positives in it, said Ms Moore, who described life as a rollercoaster of ups and downs.

“Being at the top of the rollercoaster is not authentic, the media can give us false impressions about this,” she said.

“Realistically we live our lives in the top and middle part of the rollercoaster, going between these stages.

“But I understand, I was one of those kids at the bottom and it’s not bad, it just happens, but you can choose to not be there.”

One of the activities Ms Moore led RYLA participants to do was called speed appreciation, where they formed into groups of two and took it in turns stating things they liked about their lives.

“This appreciation is missing from a lot of our lives,” she said.

SHARING EXPERIENCES: Guest speaker Robyn Moore gives a talk at yesterday’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. Pictures: Meg Windram.

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