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I offer my collage as a metaphor for my life, not yet defined but budding and ready to bloom.

I am a young woman growing up in a world full of excitement, sadness and sometimes hate. As people we go through tough times, and as young people we go through learning experiences. That is what my life is, a life experience and a learning process. I’m aware that I have limitations, but that is what I like about myself. That’s what makes me unique and gives me the power to shape myself.

I love to sing, I enjoy art, I play sports — none of these things will necessarily become my life’s work, but they are all things that keep me motivated and enlightened. I consider myself incomplete and not yet fulfilled. There is still much out there for me to realize and understand.

My life’s purpose is to mold myself into a positive contributor to society. I want to go the distance and succeed at the things that make me happy. I am driven by the greatness in myself and grateful for the many talents that I have. I love the quote from the movie Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates, because you never know what you’re gonna get.” This fabulous quote has so much character, and describes something so sweet out of something so small. But maybe that’s what it’s all about. Our lives are both precious and decadent. We cannot see the future, but we can help change how the world is today in order to influence what comes tomorrow.

A flower is the metaphor for my life. As the flower grows it adapts to the environment, the sun, the water, the soil. Flowers can grow stronger and thicker due to their environment, or weaken and wilt because of lack of encouragement. I have grown with encouragement. I am a flower that is not yet in full bloom. My gift to the world is to be proud of my accomplishments and build on my strengths. My life’s purpose isn’t to live to the fullest, but to live. I have adapted by learning from my mistakes and making better choices. In order for me to become a better person and transform into a young adult I have to overcome obstacles that I may stumble upon in the near future and react to how that knowledge will affect who I become.

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