In high school, I was incredibly confidant for my age and gender. Teenage girls are by theory, insecure, naive and immature. I wasn’t. I mean don’t get me wrong, I know I had my moments – but I really didn’t care too much what others thought of me and I had a close group of friends that I felt were equals – that I wasn’t competing for attention or trust or loyalty.
Once I moved to Peterborough for University though, something happened – something changed, I changed. Now maybe my environment was too overwhelming – Peterborough is as opposite as Scarborough as you can get in both good and bad ways, but I lost myself, I lost my faith in me, I lost those close friends who had been my confidants and for the first time in years, I had to make new friends – I didn’t think it would be so hard considering I am known as the social butterfly by nature. However, I constantly felt like I was competing for friendships, like I wasn’t good enough or cool enough or special enough to be cared about on a consistent basis. Through my four years at Trent, I always felt on edge, my anxiety really starting to overtake the best parts of me. I was paranoid constantly, stuttering through my words and actions and my grades suffered because of it. The people I was closest to in University would never call me “smart” or a “good student”. But I was – in high school at least!? So what changed?
I don’t know, I still don’t.
Coming home after graduation, I had to pick up the pieces of my life, figure out where I belonged, what life I wanted for myself. When Filipino boy and I broke up – I was heartbroken, but not surprised at all because I had changed and so had he. We would have hated each other if we had stayed together, resentment would have grown.
After almost ten years since graduating Trent, I have changed again to be a more confidant, self-assured woman, sure of who I am, what I say and what I mean. I am more of the me in high school – with better decision-making capabilities (cause my decision-making skills seriously lacked through 99% of Cedarbrae).
And then I have dinner with my Trent friends and I’m thrown back ten years – just like that.
I had dinner on Saturday night with B, his fiancé, N and her husband. Now B and N were two people I was probably closest to at the end of it all even though I had suffered many ups and downs, teasing and playing with them throughout my four years with Trent. I see B regularly as he lives closest to me, but N I haven’t seen since 06, maybe 07. The whole evening was great, we had a great meal, talked a lot about the “good ol’ days” and what’s current in our lives, but I found myself sounding “dumber ” than I actually am. I found myself stumbling through my words and ganged up on again. I am sure it was all in my head, I know we are all mature(ish) adults who have all made names for ourselves in our respected industries, with friends and with family, but with a knock on the door, I was 20 years old fighting for attention, hoping they would still like me.
How stupid?! I know – trust me…sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I shake my head whenever that other me – the old me – shows her face. And other times, I smile knowing that at the end of the day – I love who I am, who I have become and all the stuff I have had to go through in between, is just that – stuff, stuff that disappears with maturity and years. And with this chapter of my life slowly coming to an end, a new one about to begin (more details later) I must be as strong as I can!