Everyone has a story. A defining moment of their existence that makes them the person they are today. For Humans of UniSA, we delve into the depths of human nature and speak with some students to discover a slice of their personal history.
Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts/Creative Writing)
I remember there were a lot of years I spent feeling trapped and held down by my insecurities—to the point where I became dismissive of others and their emotions. It was really insensitive of me. In hindsight, I needed to learn how to be more comfortable in my own skin and appreciate the person I was becoming. I also had to understand that I wasn’t the centre of the universe, as there are more significant issues out there besides my own. You know, the people I admire the most are the ones who are able to truly love themselves, because they’re able to reflect that sort of mentality onto others and show the same level of respect. In my experience, if you’re able to overcome your insecurities, it becomes more natural to present the best version of yourself to the world.
Speaking of which, one of my biggest regrets is not being more confident enough in myself, especially as a teenager. Back in high school, I went on a trip to America with my classmates. But, all of my nerves got in the way. I was so closed off from everything. We went to places likes Disney World, and Times Square, but I couldn’t even take a moment to appreciate where I was, because I didn’t think I deserved to be there. During my first year at university, this sort of thing was difficult for me to overcome as well, as I didn’t know how to handle this new chapter in my life. I really put my own happiness on the back-burner.
But, life is too short to be caught up in all of that. Don’t get me wrong, it took a lot of effort for me to come out of my shell, but you can’t be afraid to express yourself and tackle these new experiences. That’s how we grow. It doesn’t work if you’re restricting all of these wonderful aspects about yourself. It might be hard though. I’m not going to sit here and say that it isn’t. But, love wouldn’t be love if it were plain and simple, would it?
Interview conducted by Tanner Muller
Photography by Jack Hassam