Through middle school and high school, I had this fear of actually letting people in. I didn’t really feel like it was worth it. It wasn’t worth the rejection, the hurt, or reopening old parts of my past that I really didn’t want to.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am still definitely not good at all or any of those things. But, what I have learned is that it actually is ok to use your voice. You can share stories, meet people, converse with them. It all comes with some good stuff actually. Friendship is a sweet thing.

I needed someone to tell me that all that fear and anxiety built up wasn’t really all it was cracked up to be. On the other side of those walls there is actually some hope. So, if you are a shy high school gal or guy, if you are feeling broken, lonely, or lost, this is for you. This is a space where we are sharing stories about people, just like you, who are stepping out of that fear they were entangled in and sharing about where they are now. And whether that is in process, joyful, redeemed, lonely, happy, sad, mad, or anything, it is alright. Because that is where we are for a reason. We are where we are for a specific reason. Here is to holding onto that hope and giving a voice to well, YOU. Feel free to stick around a while.