During high school I was never the popular kid. I was never the geek. I was never loved, nor hated. I felt mediocre. I felt invisible. I had plenty of friends, not many of them were good friends.
Over the five years I was at high school, this changed. I slowly grew into myself. I grew to know that I had to iniaiate good friendships if thats what I wanted. I eventually learnt that being on a scale of popular to geek wasn’t all that mattered.
In year ten, I was 14, a friend of mine invited me away with her and her close friends and family to the coromandel for a holiday. At this time I was lonely, as much as a teenager can be. I was afraid and unsure about everything in my life. I was depressed. I will always remember this holiday away as it was a turning point.
I learnt a lot about myself on this holiday. I learnt that books could change how I felt about the real world for the time I was reading about their world. I learnt that riding a bike really fast down a hill was terrifying and exciting. I learnt that having alone time wasn’t scary. I learnt that I loved to write poetry. I learnt that my feelings of mediocracy was ok, and that I could feel alone and not be lonely.
Poetry was something I loved to read but hadn’t tried to write until this trip. It’s amazing what you’ll do when you have lots of free time and no internet.
I probably wrote about 20 poems over the length of the holiday. It helped me learn about myself. Explore myself.
When I heard about this Anchor and Harry Baker campaign I knew I had to be involved. Harry Baker’s talents in writing are phenomenal. This project from Anchor aims to inspire teenagers to be themselves and create their own definition of strength.
As I said, I’ll always remember this trip. I learnt so much about myself in such a short space of time. I was a different person because of it. Poetry showed me – no, taught me – to be strong. Go strong. I hope it does to you too.
This post has been presented by Anchor but all thoughts and opinions are my own. #AnchorGoStrong