During my years in middle school, I learned that you don't need the approval of others to feel like you belong. It took a series of depression, bad mistakes and maturing for me to actually realize where I belonged. Or who I am? One day, I sat back and built myself categories which provided me with a basis. Might sound weird, but it's what helped come up with a suitable way to figure what I agreed and disagreed with despite other's opinion. You can become discouraged when you express something, such as your favorite singer-songwriter or rapper, and someone comes out of nowhere talking about how trash they are. But you know what, forget about those type of people. Forget those who downfall your happiness. As long as you're satisfied with whatever it may be then that's all that matters. Society may provide an outlet of influencers, but happiness and wisdom can truly give you a true acknowledgment of your own beliefs.

I really hope this made some sense to someone out there trying to figure out themselves right now.


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While finding myself, I listened to Lana Del Rey who gave me a sense of knowing who I was meant to be. "Dark Paradise" was the first song that I ever listened to of hers, and ever since then I've been hooked.



“Unlike many other journeys, when it comes to finding self and matters of the heart you'll swiftly find yourself lost if you follow someone else's”
— Rasheed Ogunlaru


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