Did you consider yourself an ugly duckling in high school?
I don’t know that I was an ugly duckling in high school but I was definitely awkward. I was extremely shy growing up and we moved a lot which made things difficult as a shy child. I never seemed to fit in with any of the “crowds” in school. I always felt like maybe I was just born in the wrong decade. I was into peace and love and everyone getting along. I was interested in human rights and saving the planet.
When and how did you officially “swan?”
Now that I am an adult,I have friends who are like minded now but I also have learned to embrace lots of different people as friends. I find it interesting to get to know people and to try and understand their point of view. You can learn a lot by listening to what others have to say even if you don’t always agree with them. I am so much happier as an adult than I was as a teen. Now my children are teenagers and I am hoping to make their experiences growing up happy. I hope that they can look back on their High School years fondly. ..
What advice would you give to the Before you?:
I think I would make sure that I told the before me to quit being so afraid of everything and everyone, because now that I look back on my life I can see that was what held me back. Fear of the unknown and fear that people would not like me or wouldn’t understand me. I have to fight these feelings still. However, now I can tell myself that I will not let the fear beat me anymore. I am a strong capable woman.