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Staff column: 'Shut up, get over it, move on'

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When I was a girl, my mother always told me: "Refuse to be a victim."

Living in a world that is quick to victimize people, my mother said there were two choices for everything: feel sorry for yourself or get over it.

"The choice is yours," she'd say. "But I'm choosing to get over it."

"But sometimes life is hard, and it's just not fair," I'd say.

"That's true," she'd reply. "Get a helmet."

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