I used to be afraid of who I was.
I used to be afraid to speak because
I was too afraid of what people might think.
I was afraid I was not good enough.
I wanted to be someone else.
I did not understand individuality.
I did not want to stand out.
I wanted to conform.
I needed to be like everyone else.
I needed to see everyone else smile.
I forgot about myself.
I don’t even think I knew myself.
I don’t even think I cared about myself.
Things have changed.
I realized that life is more than being “cool”.
I realized that life is more than a popularity contest.
I realized that I have an opinion that matters.
I needed to speak.
I needed to smile.
I needed to be myself.
I am myself.
I needed to be proud.
I am proud because
I am so much more than what I used to be.
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