Growing up is not easy. Transitioning from any stage in your life consists of many obstacles and we often feel alone when encountering them. It’s not alien to look at celebrities in wonder and imagine having their ‘perfect’ lives. Although, we usually forget they also have their ups and downs.
Selena Gomez checked out of rehab recently for depression and anxiety. At the 2016 AMA’s she said in an emotional speech, “I’m not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore.”
I grew up watching Wizards of Waverly Place and saw Selena grow from strength to strength. At one point she looked like she had it all, when she dated one of the hottest male celebs in Hollywood while her movie and music career boomed beyond Disney.
I too grew out of Disney Channel and had my fair share of phenomenal moments and bumps in the road. My teen years are not over just yet, but to give you a taste of it so far: I’ve had heartbreaks over lost friendships and boys (who hasn’t tbh), experienced depression, moved across the country and went to three different high schools in the span of two years. I’ve also met amazing new people, discovered a bit about myself, been to places I’d never thought I’d go, made myself proud and found out what it’s like to love.
Life is filled with magical little moments as well as huge dark grey storm clouds but I’ve learnt that it’s not about what you go through, it’s how you perceive it.
Everything we have and ever will face in life comes down to one simple question: Is the glass half full or half empty? How you interpret a challenge can be the difference between giving up and finding the will to go on.
“When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘what are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
Selena is a shining example of this. With every phase she goes through, she comes back stronger and more peaceful.
The phases of our lives are specially made for us. Some phases are longer than others but we are going to continuously change and evolve whether we like it or not. Everyone, no matter how rich or poor, goes through struggles and tribulations. It’s what we learn on our journey that defines us and the lives we live.
Love and light,