by Jennifer Eckfield
Grit: Courage and resolve; strength of character.
Words are powerful. I love some, more than others; grit being one of them. I was often told by my mother that I was difficult, stubborn, and (her favorite) impossible. To her I was, but all of those adjectives she used to describe me have served me well in my life: head-strong, passionate, mission-driven, tenacious, stead-fast.
I had trouble as a child in elementary school. I was bossy (leader), a tom-boy (athletic), and popular (charming). No matter what age, pack-mentality exists. It only took one girlfriend to decide that I was the enemy and the next day I woke up and had no friends. From that day forward I was taunted and harassed. That year and the next were very hard.