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Sticks and stones

Growing up, I had challenges with bullying.

crowds of people in street (pixgood.com)The verbal and emotional abuse I was on the receiving end of from kids at school felt constant.

Everyday going to school felt more like I was going into a war zone.

It had an impact and I was aware of it for some time. I didn’t know I had this until after I finished three¬†years at college.

Loss of self-esteem

When I finished secondary school, I had almost non-existent self-esteem and no sense of direction. I had started getting help for anxiety in my second last year of secondary school.

After a lot of counselling and starting medication, my psychiatrist encouraged that I try going to college.

It was a life-changing three years. I learned that I was much more self-reliant than first believed and actually friendable. I ended up meeting lots of great people and learned a few things about my sexuality as well.

After three years I transferred into a higher degree programme. I was in over my head and had to withdraw at the end of the first term. I moved back home and lost touch with my college friends.

The transition was tough, and I’ve been having major fear of missing out (FOMO) ever since. But, I learned so many new things about myself and what I am capable of.

Appreciating the experience

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go to college.

I’ve gained enough knowledge from my art studies that I am able to finally sell completed pieces, and have illustrated a book for a local writer.

Embracing my sexuality

I’ve embraced my sexuality and couldn’t be more proud to be asexual.

I am continuing my art studies at home from books and online sources, and hope to start a club of sorts for young adults who are passionate about animation or graphic novels or art in general.

I am still working on my esteem and I still have setbacks. But, I am doing better all the time.

What can I do now?

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