In high school, I always felt alone. I couldn’t seem to relate with anybody, be it teachers, counselors or my peers. In fact, I was too shy to even…

In high school, I always felt alone. I couldn’t seem to relate with anybody, be it teachers, counselors or my peers. In fact, I was too shy to even talk about anything more than homework to my teachers. But I love painting. I have been doing arts since I was 7 and making arts was such a therapeutic activity that any time I was angry, anxious or sadden, I could just pick up the brush and channel my energy through beautiful color palettes. I have known people who also find emotional outlets in running, swimming, dancing, rapping, writing, etc. Reading also helps because each of us can find emotional outlets in fictional characters that we can relate to. As I grew older, I learned that what I went through in high school is common to even the most popular girls or guys at school. It’s the experience that we all go through and it is okay when nobody can relate to us or when we cannot relate to others. An important lesson that no adults seem to be telling teenagers is that we all eventually learn how to have fun with our own selves – and that is a very important lesson. Only when you are comfortable with yourself can you be comfortable with others.
– Phy

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