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Growing up really does take courage We often pretend to be someone or something we are not As we grow up we learn how important it is to be ourself I think people try to avoid growing up because they know everything that comes with it Growing up comes with responsibilities and commitments Growing up is difficult Growing up takes timeThe girl in the photo is wearing a masquerade mask Pretending to be someone else is like hiding behind a mask We think people will not like who we really are Part of growing up is learning to accept ourselves The picture of me was taken at my senior portrait session I am looking straight into the camera and seem to be very comfortable in my own skin I am almost eighteen I have grown up a lot in the past few years but I still hide behind an invisible mask afraid to be myself in fear of what people may thinkI think people never truly grow up because growing up is learning and accepting who you really are There is not one person who can honestly say they are completely comfortable with who they are and do not care what anyone else has to say If they do they are lying Everyone has something they try and hide We strive to be like someone or something that is ultimately unattainable I myself struggle with wanting to have the perfect image perfect hair perfect teeth perfect face perfect body perfect grades perfect everything There is not one definition of perfect because it is everyones imperfections that make them perfectGrowing up takes more courage than I think some people notice It takes a lot of bravery to lay everything on the line and let everyone see you for who you really are Its the transparency that scares us We do not want anyone to know our flaws and odd habits But what we do not realize
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