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Journal Writing Project - Step out of the box - 2/28/11

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

When I was younger, I was a shy little girl. I never wanted to leave my parents' side or adventure on my own. Several events in my life have made me change my outlook, from my dad committing suicide to my brother being in Iraq. These life-changing events have made me step outside the box with my ideas, and now I think you should, too.

I struggled when meeting new people. I had insecurity and trust issues; I didn't want anyone to become close to me. I thought if they became close, I would lose them. I finally took my very first little step outside of the box in seventh grade. I joined volleyball, which was successful in getting to know my classmates and also got me to join softball. I continued softball through seventh and eighth grade, but then it became too competitive for me. I stuck with volleyball throughout my sophomore year and then it was quits because the doctor said I would need surgery on my foot. This opened my eyes even more. I had to extend my wings and find new activities to join.

My next activity wasn't a big shocker to my family but was a stinger to my friends. I began doing wrestling stats for FCLMC. My mom drove the wrestling bus for years, instead of paying for me to get into the meets and tournaments. I was able to get in FREE and hang out with the team. My few friends grew into several friends and my perspective changed. I wanted more friends; I wanted to get to know the Class of 2011.

I began to join more activities like Knowledge Bowl, Student Council, Tapestry, and Radio Show. These activities just added onto my list that had begun my freshman year with newspaper staff, choir, and Color guard. I never believed I could spread my wings so far.

While major events happened in my life to cause me to shut off from my peers, I made one large stride to get out of the box. It is your turn to take one big step: maybe volunteer somewhere, get to know your neighbors more, or even start a club. Nothing is impossible, so take a chance and live life!

Jessica Lawler is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 10 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its twelfth year.

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