Growing up in a small town and living a sheltered life wasn’t easy. I only spoke two languages – Hindi and Punjabi. Imagine my surprise when my parents enrolled me into Preschool where everyone spoke English, had blond hair and blue eyes, and laughed at me because I was different. I was 4 years old, feeling alienated, and do you want to know what else sucked about that day? The teacher laughed too. So guess what I did? I turned around and ran back home. Unfortunately, I was never allowed to forget that incident because if you grow up in a small town, you grow up with the same people, the same ridicule, and you’re not allowed to put your past behind you. So from Preschool to High School, I had no friends and I couldn’t wait to leave and start my life over.
Today’s #reverb10 prompt asks: How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
College was my saving grace. No one knew about the farm girl, they just knew the girl that stood before them in the present. However it was still awkward and kinda sort of still is due to my sheltered life. I never went to prom, county fairs, watched the popular movies, swam, or any of the childhood activities that people in my life so fondly relate to. To this very day, I’m still reliving those moments and people often joke with me about what I’ve missed and I happily turn that into an opportunity for them to show me what it’s all about.
For this year, I can’t pinpoint the change in me to one friend but rather a series of events that led to the friendships that I have now. You are all equally important in my life and hold no precedence over one another. I thank you all for taking this farm girl and showing her how to skate, bowl, karaoke until dawn, get acquainted with 80′s top hits and movies, and other life events. I appreciate you.
It’s been a great year because of you. Thank you for your love, support, motivation, and commitment.