This Lenten season, I am reminded of Mary at the Cross. Mary never once left her son’s side through all his suffering. She stayed with him until the very last moment, at the foot of the cross. Mary embodies true love and loyalty throughout her life. Many others simply stood aside and watched Jesus suffer, becoming bystanders. Mary did not let what others think stop her from standing up for what she knew was right, sticking by and defending her son. She was never ashamed of him. It is this deep love and loyalty that inspires me this Lent. In today’s society, especially as a teenager, it can be very easy to fall in step with everyone else and difficult to stand out. Due to peer pressure many people, including myself, feel that they have to conform, even if it means compromising on who you are or what you believe in. So this Lenten season I have been inspired to stand up for what I believe in and stand by those I love with utmost loyalty, no matter what others around me may think. Whether it be standing by a friend or loved one during a hard time or standing up for my faith, I will not be afraid to stand out in the crowd and stay true to who I am.