The transition from youth to adulthood can be smooth or incredibly difficult. What is the most important lesson you learned since middle school, and how has it guided you?
I guess the most important thing I've learned since my youth to now has been to always be yourself, because nothing is more important than who you are. I learned the hard way as a kid, always trying to change myself to fit in with certain crowds and people who I thought were "cool", and after a while, you just get tired. You can't put on a face everyday and hope that it sticks - you have to be yourself. So eventually when I realised this, I just let everything go and settled into my own niche. That mostly consisted of converse and eyeliner and dyed hair and Green Day, and this really did not sit well with some people. But I was happy, and that's all that mattered.
It's one of the biggest things I always hold onto when I feel lost: I remember who I am and how I got to be here and what I've had to go through to get to this place. All the lost friends and the put downs, however subtle. All the scars and the tears. It's been such a bumpy road, but I am so much better off for it - I never forget that.