We are halfway through the PFO year and I wanted to share about the journey so far, what I’ve learned, and how PFO has impacted me. I have learned so much about myself just in this small amount of time being with PFO. Before I started PFO I felt out of place and didn’t know where I belonged but I think that PFO has shown me all the possibilities and that I can be anything I can dream. I think that I am thinking about PFO constantly, everyday, and I think of the people there that love and support me and each other. I sometimes picture the person I would be had I not been in PFO and what I see is a person that has not found who he is and the person he wants to be. It is the hardest thing to not smile when I arrive anytime for PFO because I am just surrounded by so many loving people. At PFO everyone is not as immature and they are focused and willing to do what is at hand and take things seriously. I also love my social life with people here because I have known these people half a year and my friendship with them are stronger than most friendships I have had with people that I have known for most of my life. I think that this connection is what makes PFO so successful, its because the teens are so close and have a loving bond and are willing to work together and give our time, talent, and treasure. Also something I have learned through PFO is that loving others is great and you should love everyone, but first you must learn to love yourself. Loving yourself does not just mean not to judge yourself and be harsh on yourself, it also means to me that being alone is not a bad thing and that being alone and just learning to love yourself is okay because you don’t always have to search for someone to be with. I really enjoy being alone because that is when my imagination turns on and I dive into a sea of possibilities and I have everything and it is the best experience. But I also need the time to enjoy the company of people and that’s exactly what PFO gives me. Overall PFO is one of the best decisions I have ever made so far and I expect it will remember PFO forever.