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This Week’s Best of the Web, Featuring a Teen’s Reflection on Loving Yourself
Written by Project Inspired | March 22, 2013
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Inspirational story of the week:
We love reading the teen blog over on The Huffington Post, written by and for teens and covering a broad range of topics. Recently, a high school student named Michaela Klembara penned a short post called “It Took Me 17 Years to Love Myself.”
In the post, Klembara talks about her difficulties with middle school and anxiety, as well as the event that changed her outlook and helped her learn to accept and love herself. Like many teens, she struggled with not fitting in and feeling like a social outcast at school. Check out a portion of her post below, then read the entire story here.
It took me 17 years to love myself. And I mean to really, truly, and fully accept everything I am. Looking back to middle school — where I wanted so badly to be like everyone else, and felt as if I would never fit in — I can’t believe I made it.
I thought high school would be easier, but it wasn’t. I started having panic attacks and it was terrifying. My biggest fear was having one in school. Then, one event changed everything.
In January, the boys in my class started making fun of a girl to the point where she started to cry. Everyone watched, but she ended up making eye contact with me. She said, “I just want it to stop.”
In that moment, I had flashbacks to all the times I had secretly thought that to myself over the past few years, but didn’t dare say it out loud. And in the middle of my chemistry class, I broke down, too. Everyone saw it.
After that, I felt like I didn’t have to hide anymore. While I got treated a little differently by kids in my grade for a while, like I was delicate, the incident helped me realize that I didn’t have to be happy all the time. I had shown everyone what I was really feeling inside and they hadn’t rejected me.
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Godly tweet from pastor and author @JarridWilson:
The Gospel (when responded to) is a living, breathing, life-changing movement of hope that cannot be shaken.
— Jarrid Wilson (@JarridWilson) March 21, 2013
Sweet Pinterest image:
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