In life you can choose to be bold, italic or just a plain old regular font.
Being bold and standing out was the least of my worries growing up, even though I was a creative child. Like anybody, I wanted to fit in, even if that meant I had to put a mask on that was alien to me, a mask that changed my whole personality and attitude.
The mask I wore was influenced by peer pressure and words of the people around me. I felt I had to be great at school while wearing makeup and having the world’s best guy hanging off of me. It felt pretty forced. My true personality and attitude to life was nothing like that.
We can find ourselves in similar situations all throughout life, if we don’t learn to be comfortable in our own skin.
It wasn’t until I moved back to my hometown that I realised what made me uniquely me. I’m a creative young person with a passion for the community. I do love school even if I don’t achieve the highest mark. I do sometimes wear makeup but I am not obsessed and don’t allow these things to control me every day.
I have always been passionate, especially about how I could help in my local community, whether it be physically helping out or just having a voice.
I’ve had many amazing opportunities. At school I’ve been able to encourage and work with younger students to help them achieve their best. While in the community I have helped serve at a few local events, like the markets and at a some ANZAC day services.
It’s a top experience and you can learn a lot (and hear some great stories from older folks) helping in the community. It has set me up with more confidence in my ability to make decisions and act in a variety of situations.
Both the small and big things about us can be what make us bold.
Whether you are an artist, a passionate young person or just simply yourself you can be bold in your unique way.
Something I’m proud of is how far I’ve come with public speaking. I used to be super scared of speaking in front of a crowd but now it’s something I love.
It takes boldness to take a leap towards achieving something you’ve always wanted to do or to decide you’re not going to follow the trends or fit the stereotypes.
I took a chance when I decided to run for school camp leader, even after my friends and family tried to convince me otherwise. It was something that I will never forget. Those kids taught me so much about life and myself!
I also decided in the time and place I was at, I wasn’t ready to have a relationship even if that meant going against the crowd.
High school students are often portrayed as these sad run of the mill teenagers just going through life step by step like a grey balloon. But imagine you’re this colourful, full balloon flowing in the breeze amongst a bunch of less inflated balloons. The wilted balloons have given in to peer pressure. Conforming and wearing masks leaves you deflated in the long run. But shrugging that off leaves you free to be you, bright and vibrant.
I think we should be proud of our youth, energy and boldness. There is so much we can stand for. Be confident we can make a difference!
You could change the face of a generation just by standing up and being bold. Maren Johnson is a student ambassador for the Global Soap Project. At just 16, she collected lightly used bars of soap from hotels and sent them to areas in need throughout the world.
By being bold you might inspire your friends and community, setting off a chain reaction of bold brilliance!
What bold gesture will you make today? You might step up and ask the new kid to hang out with you. You could follow a passion of yours even after some people have said you’re a nutter. You might even wear a skirt today despite your legs still being pale from winter! Ditch the mask sisters, you’ll be freer without it. I did, and you can too!
By Rebekah Skrabal