03 September 2013

Becoming Me

After months of being terrible at updated the old blog, I've decided to join in on Jenni's grand idea for Blogtember! Check it out and see the writing prompts HERE.



Today's prompt asks that you describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

I was born in the sweltering state of Arizona. My entire family has been there for as far back as everyone can remember. Growing up I was taught the importance of family, honesty, and self worth. Through elementary and middle school, I struggled to find myself. I molded into the friends I hung out with. I worried about what people thought of me, and had no self confidence whatsoever. And on top of all that, I didn't have that sensor that tells your brain what is and isn't okay to say to people. From kindergarten to eighth grade, I was with the same group of kids and I struggled to maintain relationships with any of them. My mom would always reassure me that if I was myself people would like me, but I didn't know how to be myself.
The summer before high school my family moved to a different part of town and I was going to attend a different high school that the rest of the kids I had grown up with. I HATED the thought of it. I didn't want to leave the people I had known since before I could even remember! On the first day of ninth grade, I ate lunch in the bathroom. I cried thinking about how the year would go. But before the day was out I ran into a girl I had met before and she invited me to eat with her the next day. We became fast friends. And I realized I got to have a fresh start. Meet new people and be who I wanted to be. It took me a couple years, but by my junior year, I had found myself. I knew who I wanted to be and gained the confidence to be that person no matter what any one else said.
Looking back at those years I feel all sorts of emotions. But I am grateful for all of them. The good and bad have molded me into the person I am today. While I am still progressing and have a lot of learning to do. I feel I have come a long way.

2 comments:

ali said...

I love this! I would love to join in and do this! Thanks for sharing Erika!!

Kimberly Wesolowski said...

Your blog is so cute it kills me.

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