For one second, I want you to imagine everyone as a piece of glass. Fragile, sharp, clear, and beautiful. A small innocent child. No scars, no blemishes, no trauma, nothing. The definition of purity as when we were younger, as we used to be. Now, I want you to add yellow dye to the piece of glass. Sure, it’s still shining and somewhat see-through, but is it still as beautiful as before. Now add in tears. Maybe it was the first time that the child had fallen or the first time that they had been roughly treated or yelled at. Now add blue. Add it and mix it with the yellow and tears and when your done with that, add in purple, pink, anger, happiness, joyful memories. The first friend that they made. The first time they had to go to a funeral. The first heartbreak that they had. The first time that they went to the zoo. The first kiss they ever shared.
Over time, we change and grow. As humans, we create new things and go through hardships. Our glass can become dusty or break. Sometimes, our glass can even hold us back. But we can’t let the past hold us back from making choices. Sometimes, you have to see the good in the situation. You have to see the good in the past.
As a gay teenager who has gone through elementary, middle, and is currently attending high school, I know what it’s like to be called names. And I know what it’s like to make horrible choices based off these things. But you have to keep moving forward. Even when you screw up.
Some things that have helped me remember to keep going:
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