Sometimes I sit there and wonder what is it about Maya Vie that makes people tend to completely overlook her. I mean, she’s strong, she’s smart, she went through a lot, she was forgiving when she died because she understood why they had to do it, she helped the delinquents more than any other character on this show and yet she’s the most underrated character.

So here’s my theory. Like many other characters, she’s underrated because she’s kind. Kind, and compassionate, and “unproblematic” (I hate the word but this is it). She never hurt anyone. She tried to understand the delinquents. She turned against her people because she thought she was doing the right thing. But characters that are kind tend to be overlooked. The same way kind people are often overlooked. Look at the Hufflepuff house. It has been underrated for so long ! Hufflepuffs want to be kind, and people say they just weren’t good enough to be sorted in the other houses ??! What is wrong with us ?

In French, there is one way of using “kind” that is very mean. It means that you’re a little dumb, but not fierce or strong enough to harm anybody. That is how much people look down on kindness.

I hate it. Can’t we just celebrate kindness ? Isn’t it something we should all want to be ? Maya Vie is an amazing character. And Hufflepuffs are awesome. We should follow their example, be kind, and own it.

For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.  People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others
—  Sam Levenson

Things we need to tell each other (and ourselves) more often

🌹 “You’re doing such a great job.”

🌹 “You are stronger than you think.”

🌹 “I can see you are doing the best you can.”

🌹 “You are allowed to take a break.”

🌹 “Someday you will see the beauty that I see in you.”

🌹 “It’s okay.”

🌹 “You are capable of anything.”

🌹 “I’m sorry.”

🌹 “Your kindness is a treasure and it’s much appreciated.”

🌹 “You are full of light.”

🌹 “I am here for you whenever you need someone.”

🌹 “I am proud of you.”

🌹 “You are such a wise person.”

🌹 “I believe in you.”

🌹 “Take time to bloom.”

🌹 “You deserve respect. Please walk away from people who treat you wrongly.”

🌹 “I care about you.”

🌹 “You have grown so much as a person.”

🌹 “You deserve the best.”

🌹 “You are valid.”

🌹 “You can make a difference.”

🌹 “It’s okay to take time for yourself. Please tell me when you want to be alone.”

🌹 “It’s not weird, please tell me more about it.”

🌹 “You are never alone.”

🌹 “You are worthy.”

🌹 “You are enough.”

🌹 “You matter.”

🌹 “Thank you.”

🌹 “I’d like to know more about you.”

🌹 “You make me feel happy.”

🌹 “I appreciate you.”

🌹 “You have a beautiful soul.”

🌹 “I know things can be hard but I am sure you will make it through. You’ve already come so far.”

🌹 “I’m here for you.”

🌹 “You aren’t defined by conceptual things like grades.”

🌹 “You deserve all the love in the world.”

🌹 “You inspire me.”

🌹 “May your day be as lovely as you.”

I’ll be adding more when I can think of more