I felt different growing up as a kid, like I think most of us do. As I started to build friendships, I became acutely aware that I was not always my true self around other people. Sometimes acting a certain way that I thought would be more accepting.
I think I was afraid that if people discovered what I was really like I would somehow lose respect, popularity or friendships in some drastic and dramatic fashion … a fall from grace.
This image portrays those thoughts and feelings.
As I get older (still growing up, just not a kid anymore) I’m more-and-more comfortable in my own skin. However, I don’t think it would be possible without the retrospective of my former self.