What's Your Story?
One of the hardest things for me was coming to terms with the fact that I don’t have to please everyone. Growing up, I loved receiving praise from my friends and family so I always expected that everyone I met would have something nice to say to me. I would try my best to look good in others eyes even if it meant acting differently. I put the interest of other before my own in order to receive a simple positive remark or to feel validation. At some point in middle school, I felt like I didn’t know who I was anymore. I tried to so hard to fit the mold of others whether it was by being the perfect student for my mother or being a self-less friend for my selfish “friends.” But while I was taking others’ interests into account, I was losing my own interests. In my transition to high school, I took the time to find out what I liked by spending more time with myself. I learned to enjoy solitude as I took the time to build more self-confidence. You can learn a lot about yourself both by yourself and in the presence of others. It is beneficial to figure out what you want and to learn not to sacrifice too much of yourself for others. I’m much happier now that I follow my heart regardless of the negative opinions of others.“ - Anonymous