Vision Board

I’ve never done a vision board before. I decided to start with a list of bullet points of things that describe me, or describe some of my passions.

  1. Athletic
  2. Adventurous
  3. Strong
  4. Thinker
  5. Reader
  6. Writer
  7. Positive
  8. Makeup
  9. Snowboarding
  10. Music (EDM)
  11. Soccer
  12. Greek
  13. Sister
  14. Curious
  15. Passionate
  16. Gym

I’m always changing, so whenever I’m asked to describe myself, I immediately start thinking about context. Is it for an interview? How do I make everything that’s bad about me sound good? Is it for class? If so, how many people are actually going to care? I’m not too sure how to be more creative about a vision board, but I took inspiration from something that happened to me in 7th grade.

7th grade was reckless and mayhem. Everyone was restless to get out of middle school and get into high school. The attitude was that we were better than everyone else. It was pretty ridiculous. It was kill or be killed – I don’t mean that literally, but what I do mean is that if you wanted to not get picked on by everyone else, you have to keep to yourself and try not to be noticed. Sometimes, you might feel you need to participate on picking on someone else because at least the attention wasn’t on you. Don’t stick up for the weird kid or else you too will be deemed WEIRD. There was a kid who was constantly picked on, who claimed he had turrets but no one was really sure. He did a lot of things for attention, and most kids would tell him inappropriate words to scream at the top of his lungs in the middle of class. He got in trouble with the teachers a lot, and was constantly kicked out of class for being disruptive.

One teacher had enough. She lectured us on how horrifying we had been acting not just to the one kid, but how we were treating each other. The ‘jokes’, the ‘rumours’, everything. She told us to write a list of everyone in class, and next to every name, we had to write one thing we liked about that person. Even if you didn’t know them, you had to write one compliment. She collected all the papers, and about 2 weeks later we got a paper back. The colourful paper had my name taking up the majority of the space, with compliments branching off of it. The bigger the compliments were in font, the more people said the same thing. Smaller font meant that the compliment was more unique.

Even if kids lied about the things on mine, I’ve kept it ever since. I was the WEIRD kid many times, and some people didn’t even know who I was enough to write a true compliment, but I have hung it up in my room all these years anyways. Sometimes you are so busy looking for the negative, you forget to look for the positives about yourself. I strongly believe that if you have anything like this, you should hang it up in your room. You don’t have to read it every day, but at least you know the meaning behind it and you can start your day on a positive note.

I think to take it a step further, or if you are finding yourself constantly feeling down, a good idea might be to start a journal. In this specific journal, you should write three good things about your day. It could be anything; a compliment you received, the weather, the way tights feel on freshly shaved legs. If you feel extra ambitious, try to add a fourth comment about something that’s bringing you down and give a possible answer to try and fix it. It doesn’t even have to be solved in that moment, but eventually, you train your brain to look for the positives and for solutions instead of the negatives. And heaven knows we have enough negativity in our lives to deal with as it is.

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