By Devlin Ella
A few weeks ago, the editors of Bright Lite asked what Bright Lite means to me. Besides being fun and a creative outlet, it has been such a bright spot in my own life.
Thinking back to 6th grade, I struggled a lot with self-image. I didn't really fit in with a specific group of people, and I always felt left out. In an effort to gain entry into the popular group, I used to tell stories about what I did on the weekends, but add some not-so-real details to make myself feel “cool”. This continued on through the beginning of middle school, and it was only getting worse. Not only was it stressful, the falsehoods never made me feel any better.
When Bright Lite started, I was given an opportunity to start an advice column for younger girls. This was a way to give myself advice and gain confidence indirectly, without even realizing it. After the first issue came out, it helped me gain a lot of perspective and I changed a lot. It gave me confidence to be myself and stop caring about being “cool”. Bright Lite encouraged me to be myself and see other girls just like me doing the same. Bright Lite gave me the opportunity to help others, while also helping myself. Bright Lite empowered me to be more creative and express myself freely.
Now that I'm in high school, looking back over the past few years, I can’t help but think of how far I have come and how Bright Lite got me through middle school! And it assisted me trying to conquer this whole high school thing. I've realized that I don't need to change myself for anyone, because real friends will accept you for who you are. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what you are as long as you are yourself. Stand tall girls, be yourself and let your own light shine through.
Thank you Bright Lite for letting me live to my full potential and express myself in lots of ways!