I was raised in a family that didn’t have a lot of money. In fact, at times having food on the table each day was not possible.
Two years ago, I starred in my high school’s spring production of Crazy for You as Bobby Child, the rich banker who meets the girl of his dreams and falls madly in love. As opening night approached, the rehearsals went longer and longer, and although I felt more and more prepared for the role, I started to feel nervous about performing.
Several months ago I was climbing a tree near the back door of our house and injured my heel and ankle when I jumped out of it. It hurt quite a bit.
There have been many moments in my life when I’ve had to rely on God for healing. But never before had I been challenged the way I was when there was a shooting at my school, Arapahoe High School in Colorado, last December.
Growing up in Christian Science, I always relied on prayer for healing and inspiration. But it was in eighth grade that I truly made it my own and really adopted this approach to healing.
It was time for physics class, and as usual, I was dragging my feet, trying to think of any excuse not to attend. For what felt like the millionth time, I asked myself, Why does my teacher hate me? It was still the beginning of my freshman year of high school, but from the first day I hadn’t gotten along with this teacher.
The first day of winter break was also the first snow of the season. I woke up to see the ground covered in white.
I’d always thought that in order to be beautiful you needed to be skinny, have a pretty face, long hair, and, most important, be able to fit in. Throughout my life, I was OK with being unique and not following the status quo.
I spent last summer working in Boston, and I was excited to learn that one of my friends would be working in New York. I promised to visit her for a weekend.
It was the night after school let out for the summer. I was so excited for a fun and busy time! My heart soared at the thoughts of an adventure trip I would be taking with my NLC (National Leadership Council) DiscoveryBound class and then going to a summer camp for Christian Scientists.