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Choose Your Friends, Choose Your Path: Your Journey of Self-Discovery

Choose Your Friends, Choose Your Path: Your Journey of Self-Discovery

September 17, 20233 min read

“You are a reflection of those you spend time with and they are a reflection of you.”

- Elysia Butler

Hey there, teens!

Did you know that the people you hang out with can shape who you become? It's true!

Just like heroes in stories, you are a reflection of those you spend time with, and they are a reflection of you. In this blog post, we'll use hero journey language to help you understand the importance of choosing your friends wisely.

So let's dive in!

Friends Shape You: Imagine you're on a hero's journey. The friends you choose to join you on this adventure can make a big difference. They can affect your behavior, beliefs, and choices. Take a moment to think about whether your friends reflect your values and dreams. When you surround yourself with friends who inspire and support you, it empowers you on your own journey of self-discovery.

Changing Your Playground: Just like heroes explore different places, it's okay to choose a different playground or friend group if your current one doesn't feel right anymore. As you grow and change, your interests and priorities might shift too. If the friends you hang out with aren't fun anymore or if being around them makes you feel bad about yourself, it's time to make a change. Embrace new friendships and environments that bring out the best in you.

Your Happiness Matters: You deserve to be happy! Think about how your friendships make you feel. If being with certain friends makes you feel unhappy, anxious, or like you can't be yourself, it's important to make a change. Remember, saying "yes" to someone else shouldn't mean saying "no" to what's right for you. Prioritize your own well-being by surrounding yourself with friends who uplift and support you.

Embracing Growth and Authenticity: Just like heroes grow and become their true selves, you can too! Seek out friends who encourage your personal growth, celebrate your uniqueness, and support your dreams. Surround yourself with friends who inspire you to be the best version of yourself, who push you out of your comfort zone, and who appreciate you for who you truly are. Embracing growth and authenticity in your friendships will empower you on your own journey.

Staying True to Yourself: When you say "yes" to someone, make sure you're not saying "no" to yourself. It's important to follow your own path and make choices that align with your values and aspirations. Your friends should respect and support your individuality. Remember, you have the power to make decisions that are right for you and your journey.

As you embark on your heroic journey of self-discovery, remember that your friends play a vital role in shaping who you become. Choose your friends wisely, just like heroes choose their companions on their quests.

Surround yourself with friends who inspire, support, and bring out the best in you. Don't be afraid to change your playground if it no longer feels right.

Prioritize your happiness and stay true to yourself. You have the power to create an incredible journey filled with growth, authenticity, and meaningful friendships.

With Gratitude,

Elysia Butler

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Elysia (Ee-lee-sha) Butler

With 15+ years as an educator and a Master's in Educational Leadership, I empower students to be the heroes of their stories. As the author of "Become the Hero of Your Own Story," a best-selling guide for parents and teens, and a certified mental health coach, I'm dedicated to fostering resilience and optimism in our community. My passion for personal growth, coupled with my expertise in suicide prevention and mental health programs, underscores the transformative impact of mindset on success, love, and abundance.

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