Aspiring YA author specializing in long-form rambling about zero waste, plant-based diets, minimalism, and other hippie things.
Turning Points III
Part 3 starts at 15 years old. I was a newly single sophomore who was, unbeknownst to me, developing crippling depression and anxiety disorders. I started hanging out with seniors who could drive and going out to local shows where my friends' bands would be performing.
Turning Points II.
A boy who teased me in elementary school was accepted to the same magnet middle school I was in sixth grade. The middle schools in my district were horrific, and parents fought tooth and nail to get their “gifted” children into magnet schools. We had two STEM magnet schools and two art magnet schools in the area. At my school you had to choose an art major which was your priority. Most of the “cooler” kids did drama or dance, some of them did art. The “others” did choir, band, orchestra.
Turning Point: The Present
I skipped junior year of high school because everyone I was friends with graduated at the end of my sophomore year. The end of that year was also when I fell in love with one of my best friends and subsequently found out he was cheating on his girlfriend with me. I was ready to be done.
On my journey to self-confidence, which is still equivalent to walking a tight-rope that sometimes catches on fire, there were moments I refer to as “turning points.” They are points in time that are stamped to the inside of my skull, moments in my life where I realized I had issues with body image, food, addiction, and the loneliness that came with harboring those things.