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Are You Truly You? How to Stop Seeing Yourself Through Someone Else’s Eyes

I was in grade 10 at the time. My mom dropped me off a block away from the movie theater.

I got out of our car, straightened my coat, took a deep breath, and slowly walked toward the group of friends I was meeting that night.I wasn’t a popular girl growing up. Like most teenagers, I was gangly and awkward, spending most of my days trying to avoid embarrassment.

But like most teenagers, I also wanted to have groups of friends and a yearbook full of fun memories. I wanted to be invited out and have a crush on the captain of the football team.

I wanted to belong. And on this particular night, that feeling was waiting for me in a row of uncomfortable chairs and new experiences.Ten of us found seats in the middle of the theater, and I happened

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