Staying True to Myself

Every day, I take on numerous different roles. Daughter, student, friend, girl, (for you it might include sibling or girlfriend or anything else). I use separate parts of my brain for each and different aspects of my personality come through, but I am still essentially the same person.

I don’t talk about boys or the color of my socks with my teachers, just as I don’t generally discuss politics with my friends. Some days it feels like a balancing act — trying to accomplish all the things required of me by the different people in the different parts of my life, while staying true to me.

I think it is a tall order to stay true to “me,” when I’m still figuring out who “me” is. I’m a teenager, after all; it’s expected! So that’s where the challenge lies for me.

Being able to step back and see who I am with different people, in different roles. Making sure I am still me; even if I don’t know who that is exactly, I have a pretty good idea of who I don’t want to be.

It can feel like I’m being pulled in all directions, with everyone demanding something of me. The one thing I want to make sure of is that I stay true to myself, whatever that may entail at the moment, while navigating each day and all the challenges it brings.

About the Writer
Tela is a 17-year-old who doesn’t like labels and who firmly believes that normal is overrated. (Which is why she named her blog that.) She blogs and lives as Tela in the wild world of the internet, as well as with her parents and cat, where she worries about grades and college just like the rest of the teenaged world. She is still trying to figure it all out (whatever “it” is) and maybe even make an impact on this world as she goes.


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