Discovering myself

THE years of our life during which we will be teenagers is where we are finding ourselves, discovering who we really are and our true passions. For me personally, being a teenager has resulted in a great deal of reflection on the person I have become and the exciting chance to find out what my true gifts and loves are.

As a child, up until the age of about 12 I was a very shy, quiet person who liked to sit on the sidelines, listen and observe. During the early years of my life, before I began school I was a true introvert and very apprehensive about new situations. Just recently, after watching a boy of about 8 cling to his mother and demonstrate characteristics of someone painfully shy, Mum told me about my personality when I was younger. I was surprised to hear that I had been exactly like the young boy — clinging on constantly to Mum’s leg, refusing to leave her side and crying when she left me at school every day for the first few terms.

All through primary school I was the quietest in the class, rarely put up my hand to answer a question and hardly talked in class at all. Looking back, I wonder how I could have changed so much in just a few short years to the person I am now.

Once I reached the age of 12, I became what some people would describe as a social butterfly. I was friends with almost every single peer in year 8 and would spend time with lots of different groups of people. It was such a change for me to suddenly go from being a shy, introverted person to someone with so many friends and a reasonable amount of confidence.

As we all know, the first few teenage years can be tough for even the most confident people. With acne, a sudden worry for my appearance and dramatic changes in friendship groups almost overnight, my confidence and bubbly nature almost vanished completely. Shortly before I turned 14 I once again became a shy, quiet classmate who was “back in my shell”.

Two years later, I am so overjoyed to write that I am well on the way to uncovering my true character, loving myself for who I am, accepting how I look, having a healthy self esteem and building my confidence once again. Two incredible arts which have helped my expression, built my character, increased my confidence and helped me be an emotionally stronger person, are music and dance. I have only recently joined dance and am now part of Dancefit Studios. I absolutely love attending dance — I’ve met some amazing friends with common interests and I find it the most incredible way to express my emotion and increase my dance skills. I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my confidence since starting during the middle of last year and I am loving being true to my personality and showing everyone how happy and positive I am.

Music has also been a huge part of my life since I was 7 years old. It always served as an escape from reality and another way for me to express myself. Playing the piano, guitar and singing has also contributed to my confidence due to hundreds of performances over the last nine years. I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing music — it has truly changed my life for the better.

THE years of our life during which we will be teenagers is where we are finding ourselves, discovering who we really are and our true passions. For me personally, being a teenager has resulted in a great deal of reflection on the person I have become and the exciting chance to find out what my true gifts and loves are.

As a child, up until the age of about 12 I was a very shy, quiet person who liked to sit on the sidelines, listen and observe. During the early years of my life, before I began school I was a true introvert and very apprehensive about new situations. Just recently, after watching a boy of about 8 cling to his mother and demonstrate characteristics of someone painfully shy, Mum told me about my personality when I was younger. I was surprised to hear that I had been exactly like the young boy — clinging on constantly to Mum’s leg, refusing to leave her side and crying when she left me at school every day for the first few terms.

All through primary school I was the quietest in the class, rarely put up my hand to answer a question and hardly talked in class at all. Looking back, I wonder how I could have changed so much in just a few short years to the person I am now.

Once I reached the age of 12, I became what some people would describe as a social butterfly. I was friends with almost every single peer in year 8 and would spend time with lots of different groups of people. It was such a change for me to suddenly go from being a shy, introverted person to someone with so many friends and a reasonable amount of confidence.

As we all know, the first few teenage years can be tough for even the most confident people. With acne, a sudden worry for my appearance and dramatic changes in friendship groups almost overnight, my confidence and bubbly nature almost vanished completely. Shortly before I turned 14 I once again became a shy, quiet classmate who was “back in my shell”.

Two years later, I am so overjoyed to write that I am well on the way to uncovering my true character, loving myself for who I am, accepting how I look, having a healthy self esteem and building my confidence once again. Two incredible arts which have helped my expression, built my character, increased my confidence and helped me be an emotionally stronger person, are music and dance. I have only recently joined dance and am now part of Dancefit Studios. I absolutely love attending dance — I’ve met some amazing friends with common interests and I find it the most incredible way to express my emotion and increase my dance skills. I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my confidence since starting during the middle of last year and I am loving being true to my personality and showing everyone how happy and positive I am.

Music has also been a huge part of my life since I was 7 years old. It always served as an escape from reality and another way for me to express myself. Playing the piano, guitar and singing has also contributed to my confidence due to hundreds of performances over the last nine years. I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing music — it has truly changed my life for the better.

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