The transition from childhood to teenagehood is a unique experience for everyone, although there are common patterns. For me, this transformation was a struggle as I faced challenges such as difficulty concentrating, poor health, and a desire to fit in with my peers.
Unlike many teenage girls who enjoy experimenting with different fashion trends and subcultures, I preferred to dress conservatively and focused on wearing high heel shoes.
Despite these challenges, I managed to make many friends in school, church, and my neighborhood, which helped me feel connected to people in different areas of my life.
During this period, I also indulged in some activities that were not always positive, such as attending parties and getting into a relationship.
One positive memory that stands out from this time is the opportunity to savor a variety of dishes prepared by my grandmother for the family.