Find Yourself

“Finding yourself is the process of discovering who you are and why you matter apart from outside achievements, relationships, and even in the face of great challenges or in life’s shifting environments. A person who is finding herself is learning to trust the sound of her own voice, listen to her intuition, take action based on her convictions, face conflict and criticism with grace and power, and to visit that place of peace inside herself, despite what is happening around her.”      -Allison Fallon

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I find this image extremely powerful it is simple, but has a lot to say. The silhouette on the tree is meant to represent identity, and makes you think about yourself. Do you really know who you are? Are you happy with who you are? Do others shape the way you act? Many people, especially teenagers, hide who they really are to fit in with everyone else.

“Peer pressure often happens because you don’t want to be alone or left out. So you go with what other people think in order for them to include you. You might try to live up to people’s expectations, but it’s important to be mindful to not have other people’s expectations cloud what you want.”

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Same tree, different day
Same tree, different angle
Same person, different day
Same person, different angle

No person is the same every single day. One day you can be in a wonderful mood, and the next day can be miserable. Don’t judge someone based on their actions from one day, because it could’ve been one of their bad days. Give them another chance and you might find a different person.

I took these pictures at different angles to show that people can have different identities, and act differently around different people. That’s why you should get to know someone before you judge them, because once you get to know them,  they open up and you get to see who they really are and who they want to be. Some people are afraid of opening up, because they are afraid that who they are isn’t good enough. 

“7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.”

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“The acknowledgement of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.” -Stefan Molyneux 

In this picture, you can see red and alive berries but also shriveled up berries. It represents that you may have broken parts, or scars that you are ashamed of, but you will keep growing and getting better no matter what. Plants are able to use their broken and dead pieces to their advantage. For example, some trees let their dead seeds fall off so animals can pick them up and take them somewhere else. Once the animal drops the seed, it grows into a new and strong tree. Your broken parts should not change or shape who you are. Instead, you should embrace them, and let them be a part of you that makes you unique.

“Breathe life into it. Make it bend–trees are flexible, so they don’t snap. Scar it, give it a twisted branch–perfect trees don’t exist. Nothing is perfect. Flaws are interesting. Be the tree.” – Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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