Ascending Through The Mess #4

And we’re back! After a month-long break, Riya of AestheticGraphy and I are continuing with our short story series about 14 year old Sia and her struggles. We may relate to her and hopefully learn a thing or two about how to combat stuff that society throws at us.

 

 Previous parts:

It wasn’t like I was not going through enough, that this had to happen.

 Let me take you to when I, Sia decided to join a youth group in my area. The youth group did very fun stuff like camping, cooking and other fun activities. My friend joined it a few weeks back and persuaded me to join as well. I wasn’t doing anything interesting and school was hell so I decided to join in as well. Let’s get less into the details now, and more into what I was feeling. They had a leader in the youth group, he was friendly and extroverted. Just like the popular bunch of kids we all know.

 My friend who pushed me into this, acted very two faced that day. She never introduced me as her friend but instead as an “acquaintance” and when she said that, my heart sank.
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You may be thinking that this isn’t a big deal but I didn’t have many friends and the only one I had didn’t admit to being my friend. How could she do this?My “friend” went off to her other friends and left me in middle of a few loud and noisy kids. I stood there, while they continued their conversation. They could see me, but acted as if I was invisible.

Their behaviour really put me off, and I didn’t feel welcomed at all. I tried all the tricks in the bag to fit in and start a conversation. But they didn’t listen or care either.

 I hated to have to try so hard, especially in a youth group, where people are supposed to be welcoming. They didn’t care about me, none of them did. That night, I cried a lot. I hated to be rejected and the feeling of being left out is the worst.

 Instead of crying, I should have held my head high and moved on. People shouldn’t matter and you won’t be able to fit in everywhere. Try to though, but not too hard. Because you have to be true to yourself and not change for people.

Feeling left out isn’t pleasant. I’ve been there, trust me. Try to be as warm as possible to everyone around you, especially someone new. Sia’s friend wanted to be accepted by the group so she behaved differently causing Sia a lot of confusion and hurt.

Being yourself is the most important thing because there isn’t anyone else like you! There will be situations where you won’t fit in but don’t get stressed out. Embrace your individuality.

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