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Perspective: My New Self

September 10, 2021
By Anonymous

I used to dread looking in the mirror

that unveiled my drained reflection 

of another person that was not me

constantly tracking everything I would and would not eat

to try to make it through every passing day

constantly doing homework and grueling away

all to meet the moon and dark sky 

then submerge into the pockets of the blue surface

until my eyes humbly surrendered

to a bed of inappreciable rest

Today, I proudly gaze in my mirror

unveiling the glowing reflection

of the person I am growing to be

who cares not for others and rather herself

that meets the blue surface

only in the sun and bright sky

The author's comments:

This piece is about my prior eating disorder and stressful schedule as a sophomore in high school. 2020 was a tough year for me, I struggled with low self-esteem and as a result, would wake up every morning to do things I absolutely hated. I restricted everything that I would eat, would force myself to attend late-night water polo practices, and barely having enough time to sleep at the end of the day. Despite this, when COVID-19 hit, I was given the opportunity to slow down and realize the unfortunate situation I found myself in. Although it took a decent amount of time, I aimed to focus on my mental health and do things that make me happy. Thus, I quit polo and stuck to what I like doing best, swimming, and lightened my workload at school. Additionally, surrounding myself by positive people are truly what got me through this confusing time in my life, something I do not believe would have been possible had it not been for the pandemic. 

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