Hey guys, it’s Noel here (Finally). I know that between me taking an extra day off of blogging every week, and guest posts you haven’t really seen a lot of me, and I’m about to explain why. First though I would like to let you know that I am only two sentences in and this post is already hard for me to write, but as a blogger and a person I want to be open about my struggles in life, and I want you guys to feel like I can relate to you in the way that I actually exist and I actually struggle with life as much as you do.
This might make me lose readers, this might make you hate me, but that’s okay, because I don’t need your approval to be who I am. I am free to be me, and although you might judge me, that’s not going to change. Because I am a beautiful thing, just as I am.
These first few months of 2018 have been hard for me. I had friends who decided to walk out on me, people who couldn’t take no for an answer, fights with my parents (because what teen doesn’t do that), and suffered from a serious shoulder injury which practically ruined my career in competitive swimming.
It felt like my whole life was spinning out of control and I needed to stop it before it destroyed everything I knew and loved. So this past weekend I decided to take a deep breathe and go on a retreat with my Youth Group, and it has to be the best decision I’ve ever made. The rules were this: No phones, and we’re fasting no so food. Everything that happened there, between me and God, was a form of divine intervention, and I came back feeling like I had people standing by my side who would never turn their back on me, but most importantly a God who would stand by my side in the hard times and the easy ones.
Some of you guys may have heard that I’m a Christian before, and for others of you this is the first time you’ve heard it and you’re contemplating whether or not you should hit the unsubscribe button. So here’s what I’m going to say: I’m not going to force you to believe the same things I believe. In the end it is your choice not mine, and I just want to have tried as hard as I could to show you what I believe through my actions. God is a part of me, so he will probably show up in my blog posts. but I’m not going to preach the Gospel message every week. My mission is to make everyone feel loved and accepted, no matter who they are, and I hope you agree to come on this journey with me.
Still writing my story,