Being Who You Are

amanda - sandown, New Hampshire
Entered on January 27, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

There are two different kinds of people in this world. There are the ones that are really friendly and outgoing and love to talk to everyone. And then there are the kids who sit quietly, afraid to put themselves out there. I believe that no one should ever feel afraid to be themselves. When I was in the fifth, I moved here from a different town and my goal was to just go in and be myself and I would make a lot of new friends. However, when I got there, everyone was really mean and picked on me and I slowly developed depression problems. I never went to recess with the other kids because the ‘popular girls’ would always pick on me call me names. When I got home, all I did was go in my room and cry and begged my mom to keep me home. I just wanted to die; I thought something was seriously wrong with me and no one would ever accept me. After that, I became so afraid to be myself and I have never been able to confidently approach people and talk to them.

I learned that the girls who made fun of me and put me down were really only intimidated by courage to be friendly and open. When you let your guard down, there might be people who aren’t going to accept you, however, there are always going to be people who love you just the way you are. I learned that it’s okay to be a little weird and different sometimes. In fact, the most beautiful people you will ever meet in your life are the ones who aren’t afraid to truly open up and be themselves. Honestly, life wouldn’t be as fun if there weren’t some colorful people out there. Ever since I have realized this, I have been slowly coming out of my shell and am tearing down that wall I keep putting up when it comes to talking to others.

So right now, I am here to say that my name is Amanda and heck ya I wear knee-high rainbow socks, and I don’t care what people think about me wearing my banana suit to bed and dance around in my yard with it, and I am completely fine saying that I enjoy watching Animal Planet while sitting upside-down on my couch, and yes ma’am those are indeed dinosaur clips in my hair! I believe that everyone should just be who they are without worrying about what others think. After all of the times I have been put down or made fun of, I have learned that there are people out there that love me for the little weirdo I am.