Going through middle school and high school can be tough sometimes, especially if you are a girl. Things are changing and we all go through these awkward stages. During this time, you are learning who you are and how that looks. Comparing yourself to everyone at school is tough and you may feel like you don’t measure up to the “standard” that is placed before you. Magazines, honestly, don’t help at all. There are impossible standards for how you look and what you do and wear out there and it can be overwhelming at times. You may feel like you are the only one who doesn’t fit in; however, rest assured that you are definitely not the only one that has felt or is feeling this way!
Some of our favorite celebs struggled in school to fit in and now look where they are. For example, Demi Lovato told People magazine that her years in middle school were anything but a breeze. Those in her school would make fun of her pursuing music and would make “hate petitions” and have people in the school sign it. Demi is now a beloved star who has really taken a stance against bullying, giving hope to those who feel alone every day at school.
Even Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, struggled to fit in while growing up because of the size of his ears. Michael shared he would wear baseball caps in order to hide the size of his ears from those around him.
You are not alone in your struggle to fit in. Even those that are famous and “have it all together” have struggles. There is hope beyond your years in middle and high school. If you are struggling in school and feeling like you don’t fit in, have hope! Be yourself and learn to love the ways that you are different. Someone will love you for it later! Surround yourself with people who see your value and love you for who you are! They will be the voice that keeps you grounded and who will be there for you, no matter what happens or what you do!