“During my teenage years, I went through phases of feeling distracted by my emotions and the busy world around me. I also felt confused about why my drive seemed to “disappear overnight.” With age, I feel that I’ve learned how to overcome these slumps: I wake up early to do work rather than staying up late at night, and I make a point of putting myself in unfamiliar environments in order to overcome stress and discomfort. I have developed self-aware and self-critical strategies for symbolically and literally “seizing the day,” which motivates much of my writing.”Nathalie Friedman, Student at Boston University
Share your journey and why this is important to you
My journey is the ongoing process of growing up. I’m passionate about characterizing the subtle and gradual changes I’ve experienced over time and the way I’ve come to peace with who I am. I spend a lot of my time considering myself and other people, trying to learn from them. This often leads me to analyze the meaning and power of social media and online communities, the effects of actively engaging with mental health, and the challenges involved in friendships and relationships. I believe that ordinary experiences, which may seem mundane, hold so much meaning. My story of growth is about fostering the ability to pay close attention to the world that’s already in front of me.
How would you like to inspire others?
I would like to inspire readers to look inward, because I think the most life-changing moments occur internally. They are moments where we “see ourselves,” and are introspective about the way we fit into society. I hope that by sharing my everyday thoughts and observations, I can offer readers a new perspective or put words to their feelings.
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