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. In the beginning, I was apprehensive about joining PFO. I wasn’t sure about how I would be treated by the people there. Of course, this was mostly due to the fact that I’m a paranoid and anxious person, and tend to assume the worst in people and situations. Assumptions such as this usually made things less enjoyable for me, and forced me into a corner. I assumed the same would happen in PFO. However, I was surely mistaken. I walked into a room full of dancing and smiling teens. This made me uncomfortable. Like, really uncomfortable. Crowds and loud noises? Not particularity my forte. I tried to push myself against the wall, but not 10 seconds was I alone before a few teens invited me over to dance with them. I complied and found myself warming up to them quickly. I’m not usually invited to hang out with people in public events. Since I’m quiet, I guess people find me unapproachable. After that experience, it was so much easier for me to talk with other teens in PFO and in my regular life. I’m not a particularly outgoing person thanks to my anxiousness, but PFO has absolutely taught me how to let my real personality out, even when I’m in stressful situations. Like one of our Lifetalks said, “I am who I say I am”, and if I want to reach out to others, who is to say I can’t?! Although I’m still really shy and somewhat hesitant in social situations, I’m glad to say I’m coming out of my shell, little by little. It helps to have people I know will support me all the way! Thank you for reading this, and being supportive through being in Jeremiah and I’s Journey Group!