Make Yourself by Gillian Smith
Nobody makes it out of their teenage years without scars. We are all plagued with self-doubt, angst and general teenage discomfort. We have all experienced first loves and unbreakable friendships. We have all been betrayed, and we have all had our hearts broken.
On top of the emotional turmoil of normal teenage life, many of us are faced with another darker challenge. My teenage years were plagued in depression, consumed by thoughts of self-loathing, paranoia, and self-harm that festered secretly out of control, almost resulting in the taking of my own life.
However, it is how we carry and accept these memories in our adult lives that can make the difference, and finally lead us to happiness. It is the trials and hardships we face, just as much as the joy and love we experience, that allow us to become the people we were always meant to be.
We must make ourselves.