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 already seen an awesome change in myself from this amazing program. At the beginning of the retreat I was very nervous. I had already met with my Small Group Leader, but this didn’t help the nervousness. Going into a new group of people I expected to not be liked by everyone. I enjoyed the company of people, but in other places I was never Mr. Popular. The first day I was afraid to go in. Thoughts such as “what are they going to think of me?” and “Will I fit in?” swarmed around in my head. But when I first walked in I saw a few familiar faces from the banquet. My Small Group Tag Team was so welcoming at the first event. They made me feel like I belonged there, and treated me like a friend. Even in this amazing environment I was not being my 100% authentic self. People tried to help me with dancing and becoming comfortable with little to no avail at first. The Lifetalks really spoke to me, and some problems I have been having. The idea that I am who I say I am excited me. Eventually, with the help of my committee, and everyone in PFO I began to by my authentic self all of the time. The first time I really noticed the huge change PFO has given me was at Partying For Others. I danced around and went crazy. I didn’t dance because it was a dance party, or because people wanted to. I danced because I wanted to, and now I am one step closer to answering the question of Who Am I. Now I am becoming the person I want to be.