The time has come when we all move on, new place, new home, friends, and a new start. Some of us are sad and some are ecstatic to be done with high school. I am the kid who is ecstatic. High school was definitely a journey, and for that matter I am not quite sure if it was a good or bad one. Going into high school I was ready and excited, I never was really scared of walking through the halls. I played soccer freshman year and ran track. This was where my love for running long distance began. In high school the fun part is meeting new people but the not so fun part freshman year was being the “stupid freshman”. The years in high school go by fast. Sophomore year I had a big journey ahead of me and I followed my dream of meeting my best friend. This journey required me to miss a lot of school and I began to worry all the time. Through the journey of flying hundreds of thousands of miles away and figuring out how to do all my school work by myself I learned that my grades were not the most important thing, and I didn’t need to worry about them or anything because God would take care of everything. When I had this journey I didn’t tell very many people because I didn’t want to be seen as anything but myself. However, when I got back to school three weeks later and after being on national television everything seemed to change. Kids at school suddenly wanted to be my friend and I always try to find the good in people so I totally missed the fact that they were using me. After a few months they were no longer my friends, I wish someone would have warned me. In high school you have to be careful of friends. You can find some really great ones, but you also can find some not so great ones. Junior year I began to distant myself, but still continue to follow my dreams. Due to these dreams I was judged. My junior year I created Imperfectly Perfect and for some reason kids at school felt the need to bully me for it. Luckily I ignored the harsh comments posted on my Instagram and twitter accounts by my fellow peers. However after so many times of hearing “go live your imperfectly perfect life and leave the rest of us alone” it begins to break a person. I never fully broke because I knew I had to stay strong, I knew that they were not worth me breaking. Senior year came and I can remember dreading getting out of my bed and facing my peers in the halls. I no longer felt safe, I felt broken and judged. Yet still every day I managed to smile. The lunch room was not my friend, I was scared of it, scared of the voices amongst it. I hid in a teacher’s room and ate my lunch there every day of senior year. I didn’t have friends and I wasn’t going to try to find any. I was ready for college where nobody judged me for my story or my dreams. While high school was not my friend, I wouldn’t trade my experience because it has made me the women I am today and is a part of my journey through life.
My advice to you:
Find true friends in high school and always find something in each day that makes you smile, but do not be afraid to break down. You are human and sometimes all we need to do is cry and let out our emotions. If you are facing the fear of your peers, the lunchroom, and the bullies know that they do not have the power to break you if you don’t let them, you are strong, you are beautiful, and you are YOU! Stand up for yourself and others. If people don’t like your dreams, ignore them because you should always follow your dreams. Remember, high school can be enjoyable and it truly is not that scary. Everything happens for a reason so if you fail a test don’t sweat it, just try harder on the next one, and girls when a guy breaks your heart know he isn’t the one. People will come in and out of your life, and that is okay! Please know it does not matter if you are popular, nobody will care in a year. Also know that not everyone is going to like you and that is perfectly fine, always try to be the bigger person. Always stay positive. The two most important things you need to know is to not be afraid to do what makes you happy, and to learn to love yourself. Do not let anyone stop you from doing the things you love, be the happiest version of you! You do not need to seek approval from others to be happy, as soon as you find confidence in yourself and accept who you are you will be much happier. You are unique, you are beautiful, and you have so much potential. You are Imperfectly Perfect. Love, Sarah Stump
Well known for her love for Jesus, coffee, and having one arm. Sarah share's stories in her life in hope to help others. She wants you to know that,
"Our differences do not define who we are but are a part of the story that God has written for our lives."
Sarah says, " I hope that I can be someone to relate to in a world of untold real stories. Everything I write is from my heart and real."
"We are all created imperfectly perfect by God, we should be proud of our imperfections and differences, they make us who we are today but do not define us, know that you are beautiful and remind yourself of this everyday."
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