Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#ScarToStar

So Mederma wanted us to share stories from our lives, in which at some point we had a setback (Star) but overcame it and are it is now in the past (Star). I really like their hashtag #ScarToStar. :)

I think everyone faces setbacks in life, unexpected events that create havoc in life. And it is really tough to come back to normal. Those who do, really deserve appreciation. Though thanks to God, I have not really experienced any movie like major scar in life which was so epic that I can write a book on.. But small one's.. Yes, there might be a few.

As a school going girl I was rather shy, introvert and fat (And add to that a serious acne problem!) And that if anyone else who has experienced, can totally understand how difficult it can be, specially during the teens. It wasn't even that I was a genius kid, I was pretty average. I used to be compared with cousins or friends who were excelling in academics or sports or something else. That was a really low phase of life, when I just didn't want to go out, or talk to people. I would be in my own world, playing alone or reading a book or writing dark poems or diary entries. In-fact my depression, as you may call it was so intense, I felt like hurting myself.

Then soon, it all changed. My family relocated to another place because we needed a larger home. So, goodbye school, goodbye friends, goodbye old lifestyle. From a posh south Mumbai area, we went to the suburbs. And I hated it, I hadn't even heard the name of this place we were going to live at! When we went for the school admissions, I looked at the students and was like Eeuuu! I am not studying at such a school. But then, I didn't have much of an option. With time, I start losing weight (Maybe it was all the stress I was going through.). With that, my confidence started building up. From a all-girls convent I was not in a boys majority class, and initially found it difficult to even talk to guys without shouting at them. Then slowly I started mingling, even enjoying their company. Playing pranks with them instead of bitching like the girls did was way more fun! This gave me exposure and when I noticed my company wanted, it totally boosted my morale. I even started doing better at studies, magically!

I changed my outlook towards like, started talking to people, learnt that be good to others and they'll be good to you. Made a lot of friends, had a lot of fun and even was the teacher's pet! With time as my acne and weight issues started disappearing I started getting asked out by guys, which I believe is the best thing to make you feel confident and important! Ever since, life has been good.

I sometimes look back and wonder, what if we never relocated, would I still be the same gloomy person I was? Maybe! What I thought was the worst decision made by my family turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me!

Thank you for inspiring me to share this with everyone, Mederma. :)

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#ScarToStar