If you ever have an oportunity to attend "Challenge Day" at your school, you absolutely should go. It is a truly life-changing experience. I just just participated in one at my school and it was amazing. I've been to lots of workshops and activities with facilitators and such but this was the best I have ever been to.
The program has a ton of goals, but what I got out of it, the biggest part that is, is feel what you're feeling, don't bottle it up inside.
When we got into the room I didn't know what to expect, but I really don't think that I was expecting what I got.
We talked about really challenging things, with brief interspurts of comedic relief.
I got to know a hundred people in my school of one thousand who I'd never really even given a second thought to. They were people I had judged and made up my mind about, but through this day I was able to break that down.
I have never seen more people crying and hugging in one room. We talked about a lot of really difficult stuff, but we supported each other.
I love every person in that room now. I have had so many walls up for my entire life, I've never been really real with anyone. At least not since I was little.
I cried in front of people, I told them what was on my mind and I felt good about it. I didn't bottle anything up. I tried to the best of my ability to be me, to let other people see who that was.
At the end of the fantastic day the microphones were turned over to those of us who participated in the program. At the very end, I got up and spoke. I wasn't really sure what to say but I knew that I wanted to talk.
I spun in a circle and jumped around and shouted and was more comfortable being silly in front on one hundred people than I had been that morning in front of my best friends (who were a part of that crowd of 100 btw). And then, I came out. I stodd in front of one hundred people and said, I'm bisexual. (And yeah, I know I go off about not liking labels, but it is progress none the less). And then I moved on. I told everyone that I wanted the feeling of comfort and support and being safe that I felt to continue.
The day was truly lifechanging. It was so worth missing class.
I am ME and that is the only label I need. Posts: 850 | From: Ontario, Canada | Registered: Oct 2009
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