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The phrase “be unapologetically you” is something I remind myself everyday.

When I was in first grade in elementary school, I was really shy. You would hardly see photos ofme smiling in front of a camera and talking to people I just met. I remember the time when mymom enrolled me into a workshop where we had acting, dancing, and singing lessons.


I loved doing those things but at the back of my mind, I didn’t want the idea of messing up the choreography and people judging me. The day of our recital came and after the performance, I felt this sudden guilt in me because I knew I could’ve done a better job during our sessions. I loved the feeling of performing in front of a crowd and I knew that the once thing missing in me was the confidence to do what I want.

I came into a realization that one way or another, it doesn’t matter what other people may think, it doesn’t matter if I make a mistake, and it doesn’t matter if what I’m doing is unusual— what matters the most is that I am happy!

We live a life full of worry which sometimes makes us regret not being true to ourselves. I love being myself and I wouldn’t be doing what I do now if it wasn’t for the confidence that mantra gave to me and I hope it would impact you the same way too.

"Be Unapologetically You" Statement Tote Bag by Angel Secillano

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